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Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm

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Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Closed on Friday
during the Summer.

Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


 

Family Dentistry - Mount Pleasant MI

dental fillingsHave you ever heard anyone say that they “lost a filling” from one of their teeth? This can be an aggravating situation but is not something that should happen often. Generally, a filling is material that is used to fill a decayed portion of a tooth. The dentist will remove the damaged part and fill in that space with a proper dental material that will not only stay in and prevent infection but also look like the tooth was never damaged to begin with. Your dentist might also recommend a filling if a tooth has been worn down, broken or damaged by excessive fingernail-biting or tooth grinding.

When you see your dentist to get a filling, you should be aware of what tools and procedures he will be using. If you have any questions about what will happen, you should ask. Many people like to know exactly what steps are taken by their doctors and dentists before they undergo any procedures. Know the steps so that you are comfortable.

  1. The dentist will numb the area.
  2. The dentist will use an instrument of choice (such as a drill or laser) to remove decay.
  3. The dentist will clean the bacteria out of the cavity.
  4. Depending on the position of the decay, and how close it is to the root, the dentist may put a composite resin liner in the tooth to protect the nerve.
  5. After the filling is in place, the dentist will finish and polish the tooth.

During the procedure, the material that is used as a filling will be applied in layers, so that the color will be more natural. Once that process is complete, your dentist will shape it so that it has a more natural look against the surrounding teeth. It is then that he will polish it.