Tooth fillings are an important tool in preventing dental disaster, because they stop decay before it gets into the vulnerable center of a tooth. When decay eats through the enamel on the outside of your tooth, it causes a cavity. If it’s not stopped with a filling, it can get inside your tooth and become infected.Doctor Douglas Callow on tooth filings Read Transcript
Years ago, we tried to come up with a top 10 list of why composite fillings were a better alternative than silver mercury fillings, and my staff and I actually came up with 11 different reasons. Nowadays, the composite filling materials are very aesthetic, lifelike, very reliable. They seal the tooth, insulate the tooth, and all in all, are considered an upgrade and a better material now than the old silver mercury fillings that were available in the past.
To prevent that from happening, Plymouth, MI dentist Douglas A. Callow, DDS uses tooth-colored fillings to stop decay in its tracks and protect your tooth from further damage.
We Find Cavities When They’re Easy to Treat
Dr. Callow uses a handheld device called DIAGNOdent during dental exams to find cavities in their earliest stages, when they’re easiest to treat. It uses laser fluorescence, which identifies cavities more readily than traditional dental tools.
We use tooth-colored composite instead of metal fillings. Composite won’t show in your smile, and it also requires less alteration of your teeth than metal fillings.
We Offer Restorative Options for Severe Decay
If the decay is too severe for a simple tooth filling, we can treat it with other restorative dentistry options such as:
- A dental crown to cover your whole tooth, strengthening it and protecting it from decay
- An inlay or onlay to take care of cavities that are too large for a filling but not large enough for a crown
And if decay gets into the center of your tooth and becomes infected, Dr. Callow may be able to save the tooth with a root canal.
To find out how we can stop decay with tooth fillings, call Douglas A. Callow, DDS at 734-404-7336. Or use our online form to make an appointment at our Plymouth, MI dentist office. We’re located near Smith Elementary School, East Middle School, and the Westland Shopping Center.