Dental fillings are a popular form of restorative dentistry, a field that focuses on restoring the teeth to their original function. Fillings are meant to fix cavities, which are holes created in the enamel by plaque, a sticky substance that is left behind on the teeth by food and beverages. This plaque is one of the most pernicious substances because it causes a variety of oral health problems, including cavities, tooth decay, infections, gum disease, and even permanent tooth loss.
Here at Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas, we want all of our patients to maintain optimal oral health and wellness through regular visits, the development of good oral hygiene habits, and customized treatment plans. When you have a cavity, we offer high-quality fillings to treat the problem and ensure you can get back to your regular activities.
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, the majority of dental fillings were made of amalgam (silver). Over the last decade, amalgam has been phased out of use in favor of tooth-colored composite resin, which is more durable and almost invisible when placed.
Many of our patients at Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas have anxiety about visiting the dentist. One of the most common sources of tension and fear is the belief that procedures and treatments will be painful and uncomfortable. We take the utmost care when treating our patients and can guarantee the procedure will be painless through the use of localized anesthetic. The only thing a patient will feel is some slight pressure as our dentist works.
Fillings help protect the soft interior pulp of the tooth, which is responsible for holding the tooth in place. This pulp also contains a nerve, which can become painful when irritated. The filling replaces missing enamel to stop the pulp from becoming decayed or infected by plaque. It also serves a crucial role in keeping the external structure of the tooth complete and durable.
Yes. We value our patients’ time and can insert a filling during the same appointment when a cavity was discovered.