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Proper tooth care at Southfield Family Dental

Tooth Fillings in Southfield, MI

Sweet treats and sugary drinks may taste great in the moment, but for your teeth, these indulgences can become a nightmare. Cavities are too common among small children and adults and can wreak further havoc on your enamel. At Southfield Family Dental, we offer a quick solution to this frequent frustration with tooth filling services—designed to repair damaged teeth and eliminate sensitivity caused by decay.

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Not Just for Cavities

When you hear the term “filling,” it’s normal to think the only reason for this quick procedure is to occupy the space remaining after a cavity is drilled. Though this is the most common reason a filling is applied, there are other reasons you may be in need of a dental filling. At Southfield Family Dental, we perform fillings for various conditions, including chipped teeth, abundantly spaced teeth, excessive decay or wearing, and cracked or broken teeth.

During your filling appointment, the dentist will numb your mouth to ensure a painless experience, remove the tooth's decayed, cracked, or broken portion, and add the filling material to the designated spot. The area may be slightly sensitive after receiving a filling, but this will subside after a day or two. After a dental filling, we recommend avoiding hard foods and smoking to ensure a complete and effective recovery.

Tooth Filling FAQs

How long do fillings last?
Based on the material they’re made from, and how well you care for your teeth, fillings can last between seven and 15 years. During your routine dental checkups, the professionals at Southfield Family Dental will examine your filling to ensure it’s still intact and doesn’t need additional work.
What are fillings made of?
Fillings can be made from various materials, including gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, and tooth-colored composite resin. Gold cast and silver amalgam fillings are highly noticeable, while composite fillings tend to blend in with your natural teeth. Porcelain fillings are more stain resistant and ideal for visible areas of the tooth. The dentists at Southfield Family Dental are happy to discuss your options in more detail and determine a filling material best suited for your needs.
What are the signs I have a cavity?
If you're concerned about potentially having a cavity, you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
  • Painful teeth, especially when you bite or chew
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially when drinking hot or cold beverages
  • Brown, black, or white spots on teeth
  • Noticeable pits in the tooth
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