Whole Dental Wellness (Birmingham) offers families options in their dental care. It will happen at some point, a cavity, a chipped tooth, or even a broken tooth due to an injury. Life happens, and Whole Dental Wellness is there for you and your family when it affects your teeth. We have been protecting families against tooth decay for over 40 years.
Fillings are both functional and restorative because the primary purpose is to alleviate pain due to tooth decay or trauma and prevent further bacteria from entering the weakened area of the tooth. Fillings are generally the first line of defense in stopping the bacteria from a cavity from spreading an infection to the gums and other teeth.
A cavity left untreated can lead to a tooth abscess, damage to your nerves, or further removal of your teeth. At Whole Dental Wellness, we offer the following filling materials:
The Amalgam filling is silver in color and composed of mercury, tin, silver, and copper. Amalgam fillings used to be the standard in dental care because of their affordability and durability. However, many patients forego this option because the Amalgam filling is more noticeable when laughing or talking.
Your cast gold filling is a dense and durable material that lasts up to 15 years. While it is costly, cast gold withstands the forces of chewing, and it may require two office visits to put in place. During your consultation, we can review your filling choice to determine the proper fillings for you.
Glass ionomers are made with acrylic and glass powder. They are an excellent filling option for teens, children, or adults prone to tooth decay because they slowly release fluoride in small amounts over time to help protect your teeth. Like composite fillings, glass ionomers blend in with your natural teeth, but they do not last as long as other restorative options.
One of the most popular filling options, composite fillings are made with plastic and glass and mimic the natural tooth structure and appearance. Because of their pleasing aesthetic, composite fillings are more costly than amalgam fillings, but last just as long as the cast gold option.
Porcelain is often chosen for its aesthetic quality because it resists staining, looks natural, and is unnoticeable. New technology has improved the durability of porcelain fillings and has been shown to last more than 15 years.
Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the decayed or damaged tooth.
Next, the decayed area needs removal, and your dentist can use their choice of a drill, laser, or air abrasion tool. After the decay is removed, your tooth is prepared to receive the filling. If your root is exposed, your tooth may need a composite liner to protect the nerve. Once the tooth is filled, your tooth is cleaned and polished.
Tooth or dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that fixes the appearance, shape, or overall look of your teeth.
Additionally, dental bonding can fix gaps in between teeth or can increase the length of your teeth. Keep in mind that tooth bonding is not as strong as your natural teeth and does not offer any protection against decay. Your bonded tooth may chip or stain faster than with a filling or veneers.
A tooth-colored composite resin is applied over the tooth or teeth that need fixing. The resin will take the shape of your tooth and is hardened with ultraviolet light. Tooth bonding typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes for the procedure and offers no downtime or significant risks. With proper care, your bonded tooth can last three to seven years.
Your smile is the first thing people notice about you.
If you are experiencing an aesthetic issue with your teeth, such as discoloration, a chip, or a gap, tooth bonding is an affordable option to reimagine your smile. When you need to stop tooth pain and have a cavity filled, our talented team of dentists will guide you through your choices of fillings.
We treat the whole person and care about your holistic health. A healthy smile means a healthy you. Let our dedicated dentists discuss your options and improve the appearance of your teeth. Our Birmingham office serves the Detroit metro area. Schedule your consultation today.
Does my insurance cover it?
Our dedicated staff will work with your insurance carrier to check your coverage options and provide you information if there is a difference you may have to pay. Most insurance plans cover the cost of having a cavity filled with composite fillings.
At Whole Dental Wellness Birmingham, our dentists understand that the health of your smile makes a huge difference in your overall wellness. We know that when your mouth is healthy, you feel it from head to toe. Experience the difference in confidence and health that comes with Whole Dental Wellness. Schedule a consultation today.
35106 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009