By Lakershore Dentistry & Implant Center
July 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

A dental filling might be the most well-known dental procedure. But how do they work?

The human body is incredibly adept at healing itself after trauma or illness. A scrape on the skin immediately attracts white blood cells toFillings begin the healing process. Broken bones, over time, will fuse themselves back together. Even the brain finds ways around dealing with areas that have become damaged. However, teeth are one of the few structures that aren't equipped with a built-in recovery system. When a cavity develops, it will need a filling to repair the tooth and seal off the decay. In this blog entry, Dr. Ryan Lebster, Dr. Jose Vivas, and Dr. Arnold Baker, the dentists of Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, Michigan, offer some basic information to their patients about the function and makeup of dental fillings.

Types of fillings

Fillings can be made of two different materials - amalgam or composite. Which one you receive from your Holland, Michigan dentist usually depends on which tooth is affected by a cavity. Back teeth usually work best with amalgam. This is a strong mixture of metals that is durable enough to withstand chewing pressure. Composite is a combination of glass, plastic and bonding materials that are used to fill cavities on visible teeth due to its "tooth-colored" appearance

How fillings work

Your Holland dentist will apply local anesthetic to numb the area in your mouth where he will be working. The tooth will then be prepared, a process in which Drs. Lebster, Vivas or Baker use a handheld mechanical device that clears away the decay and a small area of extra enamel around the cavity. The filling material, which is pliable for a short time, is then placed in the space. This seals the tooth which keeps more bacteria from infiltrating the inner tissues of the tooth, which can cause further infection. Once the filling material has hardened, your Holland dentist may need to use another tool to ensure that the filling is flush with the surface of your tooth. Filling a cavity doesn't take much time at all, and while the numbing medication may take awhile to wear off, there is no downtime associated with the procedure.

Fillings are a safe and affordable way to maintain your teeth while avoiding more invasive and costly procedures. Regular checkups at Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, Michigan will help to detect and fill any cavities before they become larger or more difficult to treat.