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Most people need dental fillings at some point or another. Your dentist may recommend a dental filling if they identify a cavity or tooth decay. You might not feel any pain or discomfort because superficial cavities don’t go beyond the enamel, which doesn’t contain nerve endings. However, even if you don’t experience any pain or discomfort, you still need dental fillings to prevent tooth decay from worsening. Dentaland provides tooth-colored composite fillings to seal the cavities without revealing any signs of dental work in Houston.

What is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a material used to “fill” the area left on your tooth after the decayed parts are removed. If your dentist notices a cavity, they will remove the decayed and damaged portions of your teeth and then place the tooth filling materials to restore optimal oral health. As such, the dental filling essentially replaces the damaged or decayed enamel of the tooth. The dentist may also use dental fillings to repair broken, damaged, or cracked teeth.

What is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a material used to “fill” the area left on your tooth after the decayed parts are removed. If your dentist notices a cavity, they will remove the decayed and damaged portions of your teeth and then place the tooth filling materials to restore optimal oral health. As such, the dental filling essentially replaces the damaged or decayed enamel of the tooth. The dentist may also use dental fillings to repair broken, damaged, or cracked teeth.

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity or toothache? You may need a tooth filling. Schedule your appointment now.

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity or toothache? You may need a tooth filling. Schedule your appointment now.

Why Do You Need a Filling?

  • To treat dental cavities and decay…

    The accumulation of plaque, tartar, and bacteria can lead to cavities in your teeth. If you don’t go for regular dental cleaning, the plaque, tartar, and bacteria will interact to release certain toxins and acids that erode the surface of the enamel, leading to small holes. If left untreated, the cavities will continue expanding into the innermost parts of the teeth, eventually necessitating a root canal or tooth extraction. Dental fillings stop the progression of tooth decay at the earliest stage.

  • To repair damaged and cracked teeth…

    Your dentist may also recommend dental fillings to repair damaged or cracked teeth. You may have a damaged, worn-down, or cracked tooth for several reasons, such as falls, accidents, trauma, and injuries. You may also have a chipped tooth because you tried biting hard objects, such as ice cubes or bottle caps. And some people have dental cracks because of bruxism, i.e., persistent tooth grinding. Dental fillings strengthen the teeth and restore them to optimal health.

Why Do You Need a Filling?

  • To treat dental cavities and decay…

    The accumulation of plaque, tartar, and bacteria can lead to cavities in your teeth. If you don’t go for regular dental cleaning, the plaque, tartar, and bacteria will interact to release certain toxins and acids that erode the surface of the enamel, leading to small holes. If left untreated, the cavities will continue expanding into the innermost parts of the teeth, eventually necessitating a root canal or tooth extraction. Dental fillings stop the progression of tooth decay at the earliest stage.

  • To repair damaged and cracked teeth…

    Your dentist may also recommend dental fillings to repair damaged or cracked teeth. You may have a damaged, worn-down, or cracked tooth for several reasons, such as falls, accidents, trauma, and injuries. You may also have a chipped tooth because you tried biting hard objects, such as ice cubes or bottle caps. And some people have dental cracks because of bruxism, i.e., persistent tooth grinding. Dental fillings strengthen the teeth and restore them to optimal health.

Tooth sensitivity to certain temperatures or pressure may indicate you need a tooth filling. Schedule now.

Tooth sensitivity to certain temperatures or pressure may indicate you need a tooth filling. Schedule now.

Types of Tooth Fillings:

  • Cast Gold Fillings: Strong and durable but highly visible on the front teeth.
  • Silver (Amalgam) Fillings: Strong and durable, but highly visible and prone to turning black.
  • Composite Dental Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings that look completely natural.
  • Ceramic Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings that look natural and are stain-resistant.
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings: Made of acrylic and used for children or fillings under the gum line.

Types of Tooth Fillings:

  • Cast Gold Fillings: Strong and durable but highly visible on the front teeth.
  • Silver (Amalgam) Fillings: Strong and durable, but highly visible and prone to turning black.
  • Composite Dental Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings that look completely natural.
  • Ceramic Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings that look natural and are stain-resistant.
  • Glass Ionomer Fillings: Made of acrylic and used for children or fillings under the gum line.

If a cavity is left untreated, tooth decay can spread and worsen. Schedule your filling appointment now.

If a cavity is left untreated, tooth decay can spread and worsen. Schedule your filling appointment now.

Benefits of Composite Tooth Fillings:

  • Completely natural appearance because the shade and color can be matched to your teeth
  • Ideal for use on front teeth because they blend with your natural teeth
  • Naturally bond with the structure of your teeth for optimal support
  • Can also repair damaged, worn, or cracked teeth
  • Minimal tooth structure needs to be removed, making it a conservative option

Benefits of Composite Tooth Fillings:

  • Completely natural appearance because the shade and color can be matched to your teeth
  • Ideal for use on front teeth because they blend with your natural teeth
  • Naturally bond with the structure of your teeth for optimal support
  • Can also repair damaged, worn, or cracked teeth
  • Minimal tooth structure needs to be removed, making it a conservative option

Do you have a cavity that is bothering you? Schedule your appointment now.

Do you have a cavity that is bothering you? Schedule your appointment now.

The Dental Filling Procedure

The tooth filling procedure is fairly simple. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the regions around the affected teeth. Using a drill or an air abrasion device, the dentist will remove the decayed parts of your teeth. The dentist will use a probing device to ensure all the decayed parts are removed and then clean the region to remove all the bacteria.

Finally, the chosen tooth filling material will be applied in layers — a special light will be used to harden the layers of tooth filling. Once the entire process is complete, the dentist will shape the tooth-colored fillings and remove excess materials, ensuring optimal appearance and alignment. The entire tooth filling procedure should conclude within 30 minutes, depending on the number of cavities.

The Dental Filling Procedure

The tooth filling procedure is fairly simple. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the regions around the affected teeth. Using a drill or an air abrasion device, the dentist will remove the decayed parts of your teeth. The dentist will use a probing device to ensure all the decayed parts are removed and then clean the region to remove all the bacteria.

Finally, the chosen tooth filling material will be applied in layers — a special light will be used to harden the layers of tooth filling. Once the entire process is complete, the dentist will shape the tooth-colored fillings and remove excess materials, ensuring optimal appearance and alignment. The entire tooth filling procedure should conclude within 30 minutes, depending on the number of cavities.

Don’t let your cavities worsen. Schedule your tooth filling appointment today.

Don’t let your cavities worsen. Schedule your tooth filling appointment today.

Dental Filling — FAQs

How should I care for my teeth with fillings?

  • Floss and brush regularly — ideally twice a day
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold foods
  • Avoid alcohol-based toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Wear night guards if you suffer from bruxism
  • Wear mouthguards while playing sports
  • Go for regular dental cleanings and checkups

What causes tooth sensitivity after getting a dental filling?

Some patients experience mild tooth sensitivity after dental fillings because of minor inflammation of the nerves deep inside the tooth. However, most patients don’t experience any discomfort because fillings don’t usually go deep enough to affect the nerves.

Which filling is best for a tooth: ceramic or composite?

Both composite resin and ceramic are tooth-colored materials that can be modified to match the shade of your natural teeth. Ceramic dental fillings can be considered superior because they’re stain-resistant, so they won’t get discolored over time. But ceramic fillings are also extremely expensive, costing almost as much as gold cast fillings.

How many times can a tooth filling be replaced?

There is no specific limit to the number of times a tooth filling can be replaced. However, every time your dentist replaces the tooth filling, your natural tooth will become smaller. Your dentist will stop replacing the tooth filling once the hole is bigger than your actual tooth. When that happens, you may need a root canal or dental crown to protect your tooth. 

What are indirect fillings?

Indirect fillings are prepared in the laboratory after your first visit. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth, sends the impressions to the laboratory for a filling, and you receive the dental filling in your next session. You may need indirect fillings if your tooth is too decayed for regular fillings but not enough that you need dental crowns.

What is a temporary filling, and why would I need one?

You may need a temporary filling if you’re receiving indirect fillings. After taking impressions of your teeth, the dentist will apply a temporary filling that’s only supposed to last a few weeks until you receive the permanent filling from the dental laboratory. You may also need temporary fillings after a root canal procedure.

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Dental Fillings in Houston, TX

Dentaland is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in general dentistry, preventative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Nguyen is an immensely talented dentist who only provides tooth-colored fillings when necessary. Furthermore, he recommends regular dental cleanings to help you maintain optimal oral health and prevent cavities, so you don’t need composite tooth fillings or other dental procedures. You can find our dental clinic at 5003 Highway 6 North in Houston — please schedule an appointment online or call (832) 674-8377.

Dental Fillings in Houston, TX

Dentaland is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in general dentistry, preventative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Nguyen is an immensely talented dentist who only provides tooth-colored fillings when necessary. Furthermore, he recommends regular dental cleanings to help you maintain optimal oral health and prevent cavities, so you don’t need composite tooth fillings or other dental procedures. You can find our dental clinic at 5003 Highway 6 North in Houston — please schedule an appointment online or call (832) 674-8377.