Learn more about how dental fillings work to rebuild a tooth after a cavity.
If you’ve just been told you have a cavity then you may have a lot of questions. Our Lansing, MI dentists Dr. Michael Hutcheson and Dr. Laura Dyras hate to find cavities in any of our patients, but sadly it does happen. We are here to talk to you about treating a cavity and how dental fillings are used to restore the tooth.
What is a filling?
A dental filling is used to refill parts of a tooth that have decay. When a cavity occurs the enamel is so damaged that the only way to preserve the tooth is to remove these decaying portions of the tooth. Once the decayed enamel has been removed our Lansing, MI general dentists will then need to use a dental filling to refill and rebuild the tooth’s outer structure.
Dental fillings can be made from a variety of different materials, though resin fillings tend to be the most popular because they can be matched to the same shade as your teeth.
Why do I need a dental filling?
If a cavity is detected during one of your routine cleanings and the decay hasn’t reached the inside of the tooth yet then we will recommend treating the cavity and then placing a filling. This entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing.
Once the area is numb we will remove the damaged portions of your tooth. We will check to make sure we have removed all the decay before we start to apply the filling. We will apply the moldable resin in layers. We will continue to apply and shape the resin and then harden it with a special dental LED light. Once the last layer has been hardened we will polish the tooth to give the filling a natural sheen that looks like enamel.
If you have questions about dental fillings or other dental services we offer here in Lansing, MI, don’t hesitate to call Dyras Dental and find out what we can do for your smile.