Find out more about dental fillings and why they are placed.
Yikes! Our Petoskey, MI, dentist Dr. Mark Makela just found a cavity at your latest dental cleaning. We know that finding out you have a cavity is disappointing, but it’s a surprisingly easy fix. In fact, most people will deal with a cavity at some point during their lifetime and a dental filling is often the best way to restore the affected tooth.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is used to restore a tooth after a cavity. When our Petoskey, MI, general dentist detects a cavity it must be removed right away to prevent the decay from spreading any further. In order to remove the cavity, we will need to numb the area first with a local anesthetic and then carefully drill remove the decayed enamel from the tooth. Once the decay has been removed, a dental filling is placed.
What are the benefits of getting a dental filling?
As you might imagine, getting a dental filling is necessary after decay has been removed. If you don’t place a filling you risk further damage to the tooth. A dental filling is a tooth-colored resin that will restore as much of the tooth’s strength and durability as possible. A filling will ensure that you can chew and bite down without further damaging the tooth.
Before a filling is placed we will need to match the resin to the tooth to make sure that it blends in. After all, resin comes in different shades just like different smiles do. No one will be able to tell that you have a dental filling.
How is a dental filling placed?
Once the decay has been removed, the moldable tooth-colored resin will be applied to these areas in thin layers. After each layer is placed and shaped it will be hardened with a dental light. We will continue to apply layer after layer until the tooth is fully restored.
Regardless of whether you have questions about getting a dental filling or you just need to schedule your upcoming dental cleaning, you can always turn to our dental team in Petoskey, MI, to give you the thorough and understanding dental care you deserve.