Dental Fillings

What Are Dental Fillings?

When you have a cavity, it’s important to remove the area of decay before it gets worse. Once the decay is removed, a resin composite filling is placed to seal and restore the integrity of the tooth. Composite fillings mimic the natural appearance of your teeth. If you have a cavity, it’s important to have a filling placed as soon as possible to prevent the progression of the decay to the nerve of the tooth.

Why Are Dental Fillings Necessary?

The most common reason for needing a filling is because you have a cavity. Cavities may be small or large. Once the decay has reached in or near the inner pulp of the tooth, severe pain is possible and a root canal is needed. This can be prevented, however, by having the tooth decay removed and a filling placed.

What Are Dental Fillings
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Fillings

How Do You Know If You Need Dental Fillings?

Oftentimes you will not feel anything, but sensitivity to cold or sweets is common with tooth decay. You may also notice a brown or black spot on your teeth, sometimes accompanied by a hole. This is what we refer to as dental caries or a cavity. We can perform an exam and x-rays to determine if you have a cavity. This is part of your 6-month checkup as well since cavities are best caught early while they are small. If you have a cavity we recommend having the decay removed the same day to arrest its progression, and a white composite resin filling placed.

What Happens During A Dental Filling?

We begin by administering a local anesthetic to block out pain sensations in the area. The decay is then manually removed from the tooth. The tiny hole that’s left behind will be prepared for the filling material. The resin composite filling is matched to your tooth’s natural color and then placed into the hole. It’s smoothed into place and cured with a bright light. This prevents the filling from falling out or shifting around. Your new filling will blend right into your tooth and last for years without showing any signs of needing a replacement.

If you need a checkup or think you have a cavity, call or text us today at (972) 646-0660 and our clinical staff will set up a dental appointment for you at your convenience.

What Happens During The Dental Filling Procedure

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