If one of our Grandville dentists finds a cavity during your dental exam, you’ll need a filling to prevent further damage to the tooth.
Before beginning a tooth filling procedure, our dentist will give you local anesthesia to numb the tooth. Decayed tooth matter will then be removed using a dental drill or Solea laser. Once tooth decay is removed, our dentist uses materials to fill the tooth and restore it to its original strength.
Tooth fillings prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter. Our dentists can use different materials to fill teeth, such as silver amalgam and composite resin.
Since composite resin matches the color of natural tooth enamel, many of our patients prefer composite resin fillings for teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. However, tooth-colored fillings can also be used for molars (back teeth).
While silver fillings are more affordable than white fillings, they’re also more noticeable. For this reason, amalgam fillings are often used for adult molars or baby teeth. Your dentist will be able to help you make the right decision for your smile.
Sarah Palmer DDS and Amy Harmon DDS are dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health through early cavity detection. If you have a toothache and suspect you need a filling, give our dentists in Grandville a call at (616) 534-0080.