Dental Filling Ypsilanti, MI
When you want to ensure that your life is as healthy as it could be, one of the most important factors to consider is the state of your oral health. Many individuals place intense focus upon the kinds of foods they are eating and how they affect their physical health, while simultaneously neglecting to give the same scrutiny to their oral health.
To keep your teeth healthy and functional—to help ensure that they last a lifetime—you want to dedicate time to keeping your teeth clean. This includes a good oral care routine, but should also include regular visits to our office so that we can catch any potential issues before they spiral out of control. At Van Alstine Family Dentistry, we take pride in our patients’ oral health. We are happy to offer a wide range of dental services, such as fillings, to our patients.
Learn more about Amalgam VS Composite Fillings.
Why You Might Need a Filling
When it comes to our oral health, many of us dread hearing the word “cavity”. When we say you have a cavity, that means you have an area in your tooth that is decayed. The decay has wormed its way through the healthy surfaces and interior of your tooth to create a space that is either empty or is full of decayed material that should be removed. That area in your mouth is the cavity, a name which makes perfect sense as we will see shortly. When you have a cavity, it is important to have it treated right away to stop the spread of decay and keep as much of your tooth healthy as possible.
The Cavity & Filling Process
Cavities are one of the most common issues that Dr. Van Alstine faces. To treat one, we will numb the area surrounding the tooth so that our patients feel no discomfort during the procedure. We will then clean out the decay in the tooth, leaving a space behind. This space, also known as a cavity, is then filled with dental material that is designed to help protect your tooth and prevent the development of more decay. The filling hardens, and then—depending on the severity of the cavity in question—a cap or crown might be placed on top of it. Should you end up needing a crown or a cap, you will come back in for a second visit as they are custom made to fit your teeth perfectly.
Do fillings hurt?
Many patients worry that getting a filling will cause them pain. Remember that the area in question is numbed to ensure that you feel no pain during the actual procedure. After the anesthetic wears off, it is possible that your tooth could be somewhat sensitive or a bit sore, however many patients do not experience notable discomfort or sensitivity at all. Those that do tend to report that the issue fades quickly.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, composite fillings are "bonded" or attached with adhesive directly to the tooth surface. This often allows for a more conservative repair than traditional fillings with their inability to bond to the tooth structure. Since traditional fillings do not bond to the tooth, amalgam is packed into the tooth, and may loosen over time. Amalgam fillings often require that more tooth structure be removed to create a space that will hold the filling in place.