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Repair Decayed Teeth with a Composite Tooth Filling

A tooth filling can restore a decayed tooth, protecting your smile from infection and widespread dental damage. At our practice in Troy, MI, Dr. Keith Kelley can place composite fillings, which are designed to blend seamlessly with your smile for a natural look and feel. To ensure your procedure is as efficient and precise as possible, we use the latest technology throughout treatment, including digital x-rays and advanced imaging systems. By providing custom restorative treatments, our team strives to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and beautiful smiles.

Are You a Candidate for a Dental Filling?

composite filling vs. amalgam fillingIf you are suffering from mild to moderate dental decay, a filling can strengthen your tooth and preserve your oral health. These smaller cavities typically affect the top layers of tissue without impacting the central pulp or overall structure of your tooth. If you have more extensive decay, Dr. Kelley will usually recommend an alternative treatment, such as a custom crown, or an inlay or onlay.

Is This Treatment Right for You?

In some cases, Dr. Kelley can determine whether you need a dental filling with a simple visual examination. In the early stages, decay will often leave discoloration on the front of your teeth. Other times, decay will soften the external layers of tissue. Dr. Kelley can also use digital x-rays to diagnose decay. These images can reveal issues that may not be immediately visible.

The Filling Placement Procedure

After confirming your candidacy, Dr. Kelley can administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. We can then gently remove all damaged tissue with a gentle air abrasion instrument. Next, we can clean and disinfect the area before filling your tooth with a composite resin. 

To achieve the best results, Dr. Kelley can apply the filling in several layers, using a special light to “cure,” or harden, the material. Once the entire filling is in place, we can ensure that the filling fits comfortably in your bite, without affecting occlusion. If no modifications are needed, Dr. Kelley can polish your tooth for a natural sparkle.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

In comparison to traditional metal fillings, composite material offers a variety of aesthetic and health benefits. Composite fillings can be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth, ensuring your restoration blends flawlessly with your smile. In contrast, metal fillings are more visible, especially if used on front teeth.

Composite material can be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth, ensuring your restoration blends flawlessly with your smile.

Even more importantly, composite fillings are safer than silver amalgam, which contains high levels of mercury. If Dr. Kelley is replacing an old metal filling with composite material, he will abide by the best safety practices to ensure your health and wellbeing. 

Lastly, when placing composite fillings, we can employ a more conservative approach, removing less tissue than he would with amalgam material. As such, our team can preserve more healthy tissue, protecting the longevity of your smile.

Strengthen Your Smile Today

If you are suffering from a cavity, Dr. Kelley can restore your smile and protect your oral health with a composite filling. Schedule your appointment today by contacting our office online or by calling (248) 828-3185.

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