Gentle Dentistry

Tooth Fillings

Dentist In Kalamazoo, MI

If you have a cavity, there’s no need to worry. Our dentist is here to help! When caught early, tooth decay can be stopped in its tracks with a filling.Here’s what you need to know about the tooth-colored fillings we offer at Gentle Dentistry.

In years past, fillings were made of a metal amalgam. Today, it’s much more common for dentists to use tooth-colored materials. Here are just a few of the benefits of tooth-colored fillings:

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • Natural appearance: Tooth-colored fillings blend in with the shade of your natural teeth so they can’t be spotted by the naked eye. Metal fillings can discolor your teeth over time, but tooth-colored fillings will look natural.
  • Better for your teeth: While metal fillings can weaken the structure of your natural tooth, our tooth-colored fillings bond with the tooth to add strength and improve function.
  • Long-lasting: With proper care, tooth-colored fillings can last for over a decade. If needed, it is possible to repair or replace your filling.

Regular teeth cleanings are key to catching tooth decay before it progresses. During your next dental exam, Dr. Busch-Abbate will let you know if she notices any cavities. After that, she can proceed with the fillings procedure.

How Fillings Work

Not all fillings require the use of anesthesia, but if yours does, our dentist will start by numbing the area. Next, she will remove the decayed tissue and thoroughly clean the area. She will then apply the tooth-colored materials to fill in the gap. After the material cures, our dentist will shape the filling so that the chewing surface fits against your other teeth and feels smooth. Once that’s finished, you’re good to go!

You might notice some discomfort immediately following your filling, but as soon as the anesthesia wears off you can eat and drink normally. Our team will walk you through your pain management options and give you instructions for aftercare.

If you think you have a cavity, it’s important to call Gentle Dentistry right away. Our dentist can remove decay before it gets worse. Give our office a call at (269) 381-3890 to make your appointment today.

Emergency Dental Care

Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.

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