Over 90% of adults have had cavities in their permanent teeth, so dental fillings are an incredibly vital procedure for maintaining a healthy smile. If you have a cavity that needs filling, schedule a visit today at Lifetime Dental Care in Katy, Texas. W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, and the team provide high-quality fillings with a safe and gentle procedure that will get your smile back in shape again. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.
A filling is a dental procedure that’s done to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. Your dentist at Lifetime Dental Care seals off your cavity with a “filling” material, thereby preventing the decay from spreading further and causing more damage.
A cavity is a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when the natural bacteria in your mouth feed off of the carbohydrates in your food and drink, producing acid as a byproduct.
When that acid is left to sit on your teeth for too long, it eventually eats away at your enamel, causing a hole, or cavity.
If left untreated, tooth decay can continue to eat away at your tooth, causing a cavity that goes through the next layer of your tooth (called “dentin”) and infects the innermost part of your tooth, the pulp.
There are various materials used for fillings. The most common materials used are silver amalgam and composite resins.
Silver amalgam is very strong and durable, making it an excellent choice for fillings in your back teeth that have to withstand the intense pressure of chewing.
Composite resins are fillings that are made from ceramic or plastic compounds and have a color and translucency that mimic your natural tooth enamel.
Composite resins are a popular choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible, because the filling material blends in with your natural tooth, giving your filling a seamless appearance.
First, your Lifetime Dental Care dentist takes an X-ray of your tooth to assess the extent of your cavity. They use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue, then use a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to dig out all of the decayed tooth material.
Once your cavity is free of decay, they fill the hole with your filling material. Depending on the material used, they might need to shine a special curing light on your filling to make the material harden.
After your filling dries, you’re good to go! You can get back to chewing, speaking, and smiling like normal as soon as you leave the office.
To learn more about how Lifetime Dental Care can treat your cavity and improve your smile with a dental filling, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.