Cavities are one of the most common problems that we see at Rosas Family Dentistry – practically everyone will have had at least one by the time they reach adulthood. Fortunately, cavities are easily treated. With dental fillings, our dentistry near you in Houston, TX, will be able to quickly restore health to your teeth and allow you to use them as normal again.
A filling does just what its name implies – it fills in a space in a tooth. A number of different materials can be used for a filling, including amalgam, composite resin, glass ionomer, porcelain, and gold. Fillings are used to treat cavities; they are necessary because, after the decay has been removed from the tooth, the tooth structure will need to be replaced to restore the strength and functionality to it.
The procedure to have a tooth filled is very simple and can be completed in one appointment. Cavities are usually detected during routine exams, and they may be filled during the same visit, or your dentist may want to schedule another one. An x-ray may be needed to give your dentist a better look at how big the cavity is.
To fill a cavity, the tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed using a local anesthetic. Dr. Rosas at Rosas Family Dentistry will then remove the decayed tooth area using dental tools. The tooth will be cleaned of bacteria and debris before the filling material is placed. A common material used for fillings is composite resin because it is affordable and can easily be colored to match the neighboring teeth, which means that it will produce a natural-looking restoration. The material will be applied in layers, with each layer being hardened with a UV light before the next layer is applied. Doing this will help strengthen the filling. Once all the layers have been placed and hardened, your dentist will trim off the excess material and polish the filling so that it looks more natural.
If you have been affected by a cavity, there’s no need to worry. With dental fillings in Houston, TX, you’ll soon have the function and appearance restored to your tooth.