Dental Fillings Procedure
There’s a reason that you need to visit your dentist regularly and to practice good dental hygiene. If you do not brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every night, and visit your dentist twice a year, you run a much greater risk of developing cavities and having to deal with tooth decay. Even small cavities can become much bigger problems later on, leading to weakened teeth, broken teeth, and even tooth loss. Again, we cannot stress the importance of visiting your dentist at least twice a year and really doing the best on your own to keep your teeth fresh and clean.
Looking Out for Your Dental Health
When you visit a Troy, Michigan cosmetic dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, they will use their expertise to help you deal with any dental health concerns. Dr. Craig Goldin and Dr. Marcy Goldin run a successful and acclaimed dental practice, which is a testament to their dedication to patients and lasting dental health. Their associates at the practice, Dr. Amy Carlino and Dr. Nolka Bieszki, are also similarly committed to enhancing the wellness of patients while also improving the aesthetics of their smiles.
We’d like to take this opportunity to go over the basics of the dental filling procedure. As you will notice, it’s a relatively straightforward process and one that will benefit you from a number of different perspectives.
Step One for Dental Fillings - Diagnostics
The first step in the dental filling procedure is really the dental appointment. During the appointment, we’ll use the latest dental technology to detect even the smallest amounts of tooth decay. Digital x-rays will be used in combination with laser cavity detection technology and traditional diagnostics techniques. If we find a small cavity or major decay, we’ll then be able to devise a treatment plan just for you. For more substantial amounts of tooth decay, inlays, onlays, or dental crowns would be a better treatment option (all three of which can be fashioned quickly using the CEREC technology at our office).
Step Two for Dental Fillings - Prepping the Tooth
The next step of treatment will be prepping the tooth for the filling. This will involve the removal of decayed and damaged tooth structure to ensure the decay does not spread to healthy tooth structure. This is where the digital x-rays and laser cavity detection technology really help improve your dental health. Using these technologies, we can more accurately identify the extent of the tooth decay. Using this as a guide, we can more efficiently prep the tooth for a filling. This means that less healthy tooth structure will be affected.
Step Three for Dental Fillings - Setting the Filling in Place
The final step of the process is the placement of the filling itself, which is generally quick accomplished using a composite white filling. These composite or ceramic white fillings have many benefits over the metal fillings of the past. Briefly, these fillings look just like natural tooth structure and they have none of the dental health drawbacks of metal fillings.
If you would like more information about dental fillings as well as Troy, Michigan dental implants and other options for improving your dental health, contact the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute in Troy, Michigan today. We look forward to discussing all of these issued with you in person.