What is the purpose of a dental filling?
- Posted on: Jan 15 2022
Teeth with areas of decay, also known as cavities, require diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. This can dramatically change the outcome of the situation when patients get the care they need. At Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center in Webster, TX, our team of professionals work to provide patients with restorative care when they need it. Drs. Das, Pham, and Rivera provide fillings for patients who have decay.
What are the signs and symptoms of cavities?
One of the most common symptoms of cavities is tooth sensitivity. Patients may notice when they eat food that they are experiencing discomfort. This is especially true if they are enjoying foods high in sugars or acids. If patients do not get their cavity diagnosed and treated, the condition can worsen, resulting in a severe toothache and infection that requires root canal therapy to treat.
What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a composite resin material that is used to fill the area of tooth decay to stop it from becoming bigger and deeper. The filling is matched to the patient’s existing tooth color, ensuring seamless integration into the smile. In the past, and in some practices today, dentists may utilize materials such as silver amalgam. However, this material is high in mercury, which is a toxic substance that can cause mercury toxicity. Instead, by using a composite resin material, patients can have their filling placed safely and effectively while ensuring a cosmetic appearance.
How long do fillings last?
Patients who are diligent about maintaining their oral health and wellness with regular brushing and flossing will find that their fillings will last many years. With proper care, many patients have fillings that last longer than a decade before they have to be removed or replaced.
How do I learn more about cavity treatment?
Addressing cavities with fillings is a fast and effective way of restoring the tooth and improving oral health. If you live in the Webster, TX area and want to work with Drs. Das, Pham, and Rivera of Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center, we welcome you to call the office at (281) 557-8097.