Make Your Old Tooth Feel Like New With A Dental Filling

  • November 13, 2016

That cavity continues to haunt your smile. You’ve had it filled and refilled multiple times now, but you have growth sick of the metallic appearance of your dental fillings.

Why not try something else instead? Why not call Forever Young Dentistry to make an appointment for a tooth-colored filling?

By using a composite resin, you could have a dental filling that blends in with your smile instead of reminding you that you had a cavity whenever you open your mouth.

To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI, call 586-698-7135 or use our online form today.


The Purpose Of A Dental Filling

The obvious answer is that dental fillings fill holes in teeth. These holes (cavities) are created by tooth decay.

The reason dentists fill cavities is two-fold. First, we want to restore the shape and the function of your tooth. By using materials that solidify, you can restore the shape of your tooth, which will allow you to bite and chew comfortably with that tooth after the tooth decay has been removed.

Second, we want to prevent bacteria from causing more damage. The filling material also acts as a barrier that keeps the bacteria out of parts of the tooth that have already been weakened.

At Forever Young Dentist, we using tooth-colored fillings to achieve these goals. We’ll explain why in a moment.

Call us if you are interested in getting a dental filling for a new cavity or to replace an old filling.


Kinds Of Dental Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are not your only option although they are the kind of fillings we use for our patients in and around Sterling Heights, MI.

In addition to tooth-colored fillings, some people get gold or amalgam fillings. Let’s compare and contrast what these fillings can offer.

All three fillings fulfill the purpose of dental fillings mentioned above. All three will restore the function of your tooth and help to protect against new cavities in that tooth. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, however.

Gold fillings are made of gold. Gold has been used in dental work for a long time because is it durable, flexible, and does not react the way some other metals do. As you might expect, this is the most expensive kind of filling.

Amalgam fillings are created by blending mercury with other metals (often copper, silver, tin, or some combination thereof). Some people may be concerned about the mercury, especially if they received an amalgam filling years ago. To date, the American Dental Association has found no health risks associated with having amalgam fillings.

However, both gold and amalgam fillings have something in common. They both make you look like you have metal in your teeth because you have metal in your teeth.

Depending on where your cavity is located, this can affect the appearance of your smile.

Dr. Young wants to fill your cavity, but that doesn’t mean you have to let everyone know where it was. Our tooth-colored dental fillings do what fillings are supposed to do (restore and protect), but they also have the cosmetic benefit of blending in with your smile.

Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite resin. This goes on as a liquid that hardens after it has been applied.

Contact our office to learn more about this composite resin.


Other Uses For Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Filling cavities isn’t the only reason we use our tooth-colored dental filling material.

We also use the composite resin for a treatment called dental bonding. This is a way to build up teeth so they fit in better with the rest of your smile.

One reason you may need dental bonding is because you have a tooth that is smaller than its neighbors. Dental bonding gives us a way to add onto your teeth are equal in size.

Another reason for dental bonding is due to wear and tear on your teeth. It’s common for teeth to become chipped or for teeth to wear down as a result of eating hard and crunchy foods or habits like opening things with our teeth or biting our nails.

Dental bonding can rebuild those teeth to their original shape and size.


Get Fillings And Fight New Cavities

More than 90 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity in their lives. If you are one of them, we hope you will come to Forever Young Dentistry to have it filled.

We also hope you will come to our dentist office if you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI, for preventive care including routine cleanings and examinations.

To make an appointment for any reason, call 586-698-7135 or contact us online.