Dental Fillings

What are Dental Fillings?

A dental filling is a type of restoration that is used to replace areas of decay in one or more teeth. Fillings are made of composite resin, so they will match perfectly with your existing smile. Before the decay in a tooth is able to get worse, it is removed thoroughly and a filling placed. Most fillings can last for many years without showing signs of wear, and they can be easily replaced when they become damaged or cracked.

Why are Dental Fillings needed?

The reason you may need a filling is because you have a cavity. Cavities start out as small areas of decay in a tooth. Over time, the decay gets worse and the cavity becomes larger. Before the decay is able to reach the innermost part of the tooth (the pulp), it is removed and a filling placed. Fillings help to fill the hole that was created after removing the decay.

Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX explains what a dental filling is

Watch the video: Dr. Bo Stanley of Austin, TX explains what happens during a dental filling procedure

Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?

To determine if you have a cavity, we can perform an examination. In some cases, x-rays are necessary to find hard-to-spot areas of decay. Because most patients will have no symptoms or pain when they have a cavity, it is important to come in for regular checkup visits so that we can detect decay before it is allowed to get worse. If you have a cavity, we recommend having it filled sooner rather than later.

What happens during the Dental Filling process?

The filling procedure will begin with anesthetic that is used to numb the area. The decay is completely removed from the tooth. The tiny hole left behind is then prepped for the filling material using a bonding agent. We then match the composite resin filling material to the tooth and place it inside the hole. Excess filling material is removed while the filling is smoothed into place. The area is cured with a bright light to harden the composite resin. Multiple fillings can be placed during the same visit if they’re within the same area of the mouth.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to come in for a dental filling, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.

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