When a patient has a cavity, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may place a dental filling to repair the tooth and restore your oral function and health. Our dentists in Shelby Township will remove the decay from the tooth, clean the area thoroughly, and fill the tooth with the filling material. This process usually only takes one appointment. Our dentists offer amalgam fillings and composite fillings to restore your teeth and smile.

Types of Fillings

Dental Fillings

Amalgam fillings are made of mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper. These fillings, which are also called silver fillings, are durable, lasting for 10 to 15 years or more. They usually last longer than composite fillings. Silver fillings can withstand the chewing forces of your mouth. Amalgam fillings are less expensive than composite fillings.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made of tooth-colored, plastic materials. They are aesthetic because they are made to match the shade of your natural teeth. Composite fillings are strong, as they are chemically bonded to your tooth structure. In many cases, composite fillings do not require as much tooth structure removal as amalgam fillings do. Because of this, composite fillings improve your long-term oral health. Composite fillings are versatile. They can also be used to fix chipped, cracked, broken, or worn down teeth.

Cavity Prevention

Cavities are usually the result of poor oral hygiene and a sugary diet. When you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly or effectively, the bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars and carbohydrates clinging to your teeth. This leads to the formation of plaque and tartar, and will eventually cause cavities, gum disease and other problems. In addition to slowly destroying your tooth structure, cavities cause sensitivity to temperature, pain and discomfort.

Here are a few ways to prevent cavities:
• Brush and floss daily.
• Keep all your regular dental appointments.
• Ask our dentists about preventive treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride.
• Minimize your intake of sugary and starchy foods.
• Us an antibacterial mouth rinse.

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