Treat Cavities Before They Get Worse!
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans have untreated cavities? Cavities affect patients of all ages and are caused by bacteria that eat through the hard outer layer (enamel) of your tooth. This can result in a hollow space in your tooth. Some cavities cause intense pain, while others can go unnoticed. In either case, your tooth will be at risk, and it’s important to treat cavities before the tooth sustains further damage.
If left untreated, harmful bacteria can eat through to the root of the tooth, and you may require root canal therapy or an extraction. Getting immediate treatment for your cavity can save you time, pain, and expenses. Discover how Dr. Sheehan can protect the health of your smile with a simple and common dental filling.
Types of Fillings
At Oakland Family Dental, our Waterford Township dentist offers composite and silver fillings to help patients of all ages protect teeth from further decay. Whichever filling is used, the goal is to fill in the cracks and crevices of the tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Fillings are a reliable and effective method of strengthening teeth and repairing the damage done by cavities.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are more traditional but not as popular due to their noticeable metallic hue. They’re less expensive and harden quicker than composite fillings.
Composite fillings are made from a durable, acrylic material to match the color of your natural teeth. Also known as tooth-colored fillings, these restorations allow Dr. Sheehan to preserve more of your natural tooth.
Placing Your Filling
During your visit, Dr. Sheehan will conduct a thorough exam to identify any existing cavities and potential problem areas. Once they’re detected, she’ll help determine the best course of action to repair your teeth and restore your smile. Your composite or silver filling can be placed within one appointment and there’s no downtime after the procedure.
During the procedure, she’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area, ensuring a painless experience. Before placing the new filling, she’ll thoroughly clean and prepare your tooth to remove any decay. In the event there’s any decay near the nerve of the tooth, Dr. Sheehan will apply a special medication for added protection. She’ll then place, shape and polish the filling, restoring the shape and function of the tooth.
While you can brush and floss your teeth as normal, some patients may experience sensitivities to hot or cold sensations when fillings are first placed. However, once your tooth becomes accustomed to the new filling, those sensitivities will subside. Dr. Sheehan recommends avoiding hard, sticky, or chewy foods following the procedure for up to two weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), silver fillings are safe. Some patients may experience minor tooth sensitivity to amalgam fillings. If this applies to you, Dr. Sheehan will recommend alternative solutions like our composite fillings that we can customize just for you.
If you’re not pleased with your current fillings, Dr. Sheehan will be happy to replace them with color-matched fillings to give you a more natural-looking and confident smile. In most cases, we can swap out your old filling for a new one without any complications. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheehan if you’re interested in upgrading to composite fillings.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits can prolong the life of your fillings. With regular maintenance, silver fillings tend to last up to 15 years before they need to be replaced. Composite fillings, on the other hand, can last anywhere between 5 to 10 years.
Dr. Sheehan Can Repair Your Cavities
Contact our dental office at (248) 674-0384 to answer your questions regarding fillings and other family dentistry services in Waterford Township, MI. We look forward to hearing from you!