White fillings made from composite resin match the color of your teeth. If our Grand Haven dentists detect a cavity during your routine teeth cleaning or dental exam, they may recommend a cavity filling. Like the name suggests, a filling fills the hole left after our dentist drills out tooth decay.
In previous decades, metal amalgam fillings were the only option if you needed a cavity filled. Today, however, composite resin fillings allow us to treat your cavities while preserving the look of your natural tooth.
While white fillings tend to be less durable than metal fillings, there’s some evidence to suggest that metal fillings lose their shape over time. Because of this, many patients prefer to opt for white fillings.
First, our cavities dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth. Once your tooth is properly numb, our dentist will remove the decayed tooth matter before filling the hole with composite resin. It will take a few hours for the numbness to subside. However, you’ll be able to return to work or school after your appointment. Best of all, no one will be able to see your white fillings.
White fillings blend in with natural tooth enamel so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about metal on your teeth. Many of our patients appreciate that composite fillings can go unnoticed by family, friends, and co-workers. Composite fillings are especially useful for those teeth that show when you smile and talk.
Teeth fillings are an effective way to treat tooth decay in many patients. At Grand Haven Smiles, we’re happy to explain the procedure at your dental exam in order to help you make the best choice for your teeth. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI fillings dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.
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