Dr. Keith Cohrs of Cohrs Family Dentistry is here to help when you have a cavity. White fillings by your dentist in Portage, MI, replace tooth decay with strong material to save your tooth and preserve your smile. A filling can salvage a tooth that has decay, and save you from more pain and even needing a tooth replacement.

Cavities and Fillings

When plaque isn't removed by regular brushing, it builds up on the teeth and eats away at your tooth's enamel, creating a cavity. Cavities can be painful and will only get worse if left untreated. They can only grow in size from more tooth decay. You need a filling to replace the decayed tooth structure with strong material to save your tooth.

Advantages of white fillings

Traditional metal fillings are made from a mixture of metals called amalgam. These fillings are strong but unsightly, and concerns about the inclusion of mercury in the alloy have made tooth-colored fillings the most popular choice. The composite resin material used is made from a mixture of plastic and glass. The material is white and blends in with your teeth perfectly. When you get a white filling, it also requires less drilling of the tooth than with amalgam fillings.

Getting a filling

Getting a filling is a routine procedure and should be relatively painless. You should only feel small injections of novocaine to numb the tooth. Once you are completely numb, your dentist will drill away all the decay. When all the decay is gone and only healthy tooth structure remains, your dentist fills the cavity with material by sculpting it directly onto the tooth. The material is then trimmed and polished and you leave the office with a strong and beautiful tooth!

Cohrs Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, provides white fillings that blend in with your smile when you have a cavity. To make an appointment with Dr. Keith Cohrs, call us at (269) 382-3125.