Dental fillings are a way to save a tooth that has a cavity.
At Bear Creek Dentistry & Orthodontics, we understand that cavities can be painful, which is why we like to treat them as soon as possible.
What is a cavity and how is it treated?
A cavity is a small hole or fracture that allows bacteria to enter your tooth. Without treatment, a cavity can become abscessed or reach the roots and pulp of your tooth and become infected, which requires a root canal.
Cavities, often caused by eating and drinking foods and beverages with excessive sugar, are common in children, but can also happen in adulthood. Improper or infrequent brushing and flossing can also cause cavities.
Dental fillings start with a thorough assessment of the cavity, which usually includes an x-ray. Following that, your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth.
When the area is thoroughly numb, your dentist will use a small drill, laser, or other dental instruments to create clean margins around the cavity—removing any decay or bacteria. When the tooth is thoroughly prepared, and the margins are clean, it’s time for your filling.
Dental filling materials include:
- Silver amalgam
Today, most filling materials match the hue of your surrounding teeth and are virtually invisible.
If you think you may have a cavity, contact Bear Creek Dentistry & Orthodontics today. Our Houston, TX staff look forward to serving all your dental needs.