What are white fillings?
White fillings are made from a hard plastic material, known as composite resin. In liquid form, these fillings mold to the shape of your void left behind from your cavity, covering the damaged area completely. Then, Dr. Greenfield can shape the exposed portion of the filling to match the natural cusps of your teeth. Using a curing light, the tooth-colored filling will harden into a durable dental restoration. Since composite resin can be dyed to match the color of your tooth, your white filling will look natural and discrete. Only you and your Lake Orion dentist may be able to tell you have had dental work.
Why are dental fillings important?
Fillings are vital to stopping the progression of tooth decay. Since your teeth do not heal themselves, professional dental care is necessary to prevent the spread of cavities and avoid more complicated dental issues. An untreated cavity can lead to an internally infected tooth or a dental abscess, which may require a root canal. Severe tooth decay may even result in tooth root cracking, which requires tooth extraction.
Our Lake Orion dentist, Dr. Greenfield, can address the tooth infection by removing bacteria and diseased tooth structure. The filling builds back the tooth structure lost from the cavity and strengthens the tooth.
How do I know if I need a filling?
Although there are some signs of cavities like toothache, tooth sensitivity, and bad breath, not all symptoms of tooth decay are noticeable to the patient. That’s why dental checkups are important for detecting tooth decay early. Using diagnostic techniques, such as taking dental X-rays, our Lake Orion dentist can spot even the earliest signs of cavities.
White Fillings in Lake Orion
For more information about white fillings and other beautiful restorative dentistry options, call our Lake Orion dental office. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield by calling Lake Orion Family Dentistry at 2448-693-6213.