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Filling Specialist

SAAV Prosthodontics P.C.

Prosthodontists located in Livonia, MI

If one or more of your teeth develop a cavity, your dentist might recommend repairing the damage with a filling. At SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. in Livonia, Michigan, experienced prosthodontist Sharitha Uchil, MSD, and the team, regularly address tooth decay and damage using tooth-colored fillings. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online booking tool. It’s the first step toward achieving the smile of your dreams.

Filling Q & A

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is a type of restoration designed to preserve a decaying or damaged tooth. During a filling appointment, your SAAV Prosthodontics provider carefully removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth and fills it with a tooth-colored composite material. 

In addition to treating cavities, the team at SAAV Prosthodontics uses dental fillings to repair cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. You might also benefit from a filling if you grind your teeth or bite your fingernails. 

What happens during a dental filling appointment?

Prior to administering a dental filling, your SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. provider performs an oral exam and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Your dentist also takes a series of digital X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbone. 

If your dentist finds a cavity or other significant damage, they move forward with treatment. First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Next, your dentist carefully drills into the decayed area of your tooth. Your dentist probes and cleans the area, removing any debris and bacteria. After cleaning the area, your filling is applied in layers. 

Your dentist cures each layer using a special light. After completing the multilayering process, any excess material is trimmed and polished. 

What types of dental fillings does SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. offer?

At SAAV Prosthodontics P.C., the team proudly offers tooth-colored composite fillings. Composite fillings match the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. They’re also entirely free of metal, making them an ideal restoration option for people with allergies or women who are pregnant. 

How do I care for my fillings?

You care for your dental filling just like you would your natural, permanent teeth. To keep yours in good shape, brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the team at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. regularly for professional cleanings and exams. You should also avoid bad habits like using tobacco or chewing on ice cubes. With proper care, fillings can last for between 10-15 years at a time. 

Don’t let a chipped, cracked, or decaying tooth negatively impact your oral health. Request your filling appointment at SAAV Prosthodontics P.C. today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.