Dr. Bandy may recommend a filling to restore a tooth with a small cavity. The good news is that we offer tooth-colored fillings that match the color of your natural enamel. That way, no one will even be able to tell you had a filling. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile.
A dental crown is different from a filling because it covers the entire visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. For this reason, Dr. Bandy will need to prepare a tooth so it’s ready to receive a dental crown. This involves filing down and shaping the enamel to create space for the crown to sit on top of the tooth.
With dental fillings, we only have to remove the part of the tooth that’s damaged or decayed. This makes the procedure less invasive. But it also means that fillings are only suitable for small cavities. Once the cavity grows, you’ll need more intensive treatment to save the tooth.
Dr. Bandy will examine your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. We’ll also take X-rays to see if there’s any issues not visible to the naked eye. For example, sometimes cavities will form between teeth.
If Dr. Bandy determines that you need a filling, he’ll inject a local anesthetic into the soft tissue by your tooth. Once you’re numb and comfortable, Dr. Bandy will remove the decayed portion of your tooth. Then, he’ll use composite resin to build up your tooth and return it to its natural strength and appearance.
Your mouth will be numb for a few hours after your appointment, so be mindful of your teeth. Don’t eat a big meal immediately after your appointment and accidentally bite the inside of your cheek. Take it easy until the numbness subsides.
Dr. David Bandy is an experienced family dentist in Holly, MI. He’s also accepting new patients and would be more than happy to help you restore your smile to full health. To request an appointment, please call Bandy Dental at (248) 634-9251. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.