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By David J. Campbell DDS
June 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When you have a cavity, you will need a filling. Most people get at least one cavity in their lifetimes, especially before the age of 17. With fillingsthe help of dental fillings, cavities can be removed quite easily and the space removed can be filled effectively. Your White Lake, MI, family dentist, Dr. David Campbell, can thoroughly examine each patient’s teeth to determine whether or not fillings are a viable option for them.

More about Dental Fillings

Fillings seal a small hole within the tooth caused by decay. This prevents the decay from spreading further. If this decay isn’t treated, it can continue to the pulp tissue of the tooth in the root canal requiring that treatment.

First, x-rays are done by your White Lake family dentist in order to determine the extent of the decay in the tooth. Next, the decayed area is removed with a dental drill. Next, the remaining tooth structure is etched with an acidic solution before a cement is applied in order to bond the tooth and the filling material together effectively.

There are tooth-coloring fillings. Composite or tooth-colored fillings are a popular choice because they are undetectable in the mouth. Also, less drilling of the tooth itself is required with this filling type.

After receiving a filling, it’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold items. Sensitivity may remain for a couple of days after your filling. If you have actual pain when you bite, it might signal the need for an adjustment. In terms of how long fillings last, this depends on your oral hygiene routine. Regular brushing and flossing will elongate the lifetime of your fillings. To schedule an appointment with our White Lake family dentist, Dr. Campbell, call our office today at 248-887-8387.

By David J. Campbell DDS
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  
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It takes a lot of skill, experience, talent and artistry to create tooth restorations that look so natural that no one can tell them apart from the originals. To do so requires understanding of the normal anatomy of a tooth as well as of the interactions of light and color.

How the anatomy of a tooth determines color

The color that we perceive when looking at a tooth results from the combined appearance of the tooth’s center core (dentin layer) and its covering enamel. Going from the outside in, the enamel is made of tightly packed crystals of calcium, which cause it to be one of the hardest substances naturally produced by animals. The crystals are also responsible for a tooth’s brilliance and translucence. The dentin is more like bone, a porous living tissue composed of microscopic tubes, interspersed with more calcium crystals. In the very center of the tooth is a central chamber containing the pulp and nerves.

Each of these layers has its own physical and optical properties. Since the enamel is translucent and the dentin is more opaque, most of the tooth’s color comes from the dentin and is transmitted through the enamel layer. Factors that affect this transmission include the thickness and age of the enamel as well as external tooth whitening.

If the enamel is more translucent, more of the color of the dentin shows through. If it is more opaque, the enamel absorbs and reflects light so that less color is visible and the enamel looks brighter.

The language of color composition and reflected light

Color means the whole spectrum in the rainbow. The spectrum is made up of the three primary colors — red, blue, and green. When all are combined, they create white light.

Hue refers to the brightest forms of the colors. The color we perceive depends on the dominant wavelength of light that is reflected by an object.

Value refers to a color’s lightness or darkness. A brighter color has a higher value.

Chroma is the amount of identifiable hue in a color. An achromatic color (without hue) appears gray.

Saturation is a measure of a color’s intensity.

This terminology of color is used not only by dentists and dental technicians, but also by a wide range of artists. It implies expertise and understanding of how colors work, how they vary and change and affect one another.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about bonding to repair chipped teeth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”