Why Would I Need a Dental Filling?


Dental fillings have repaired countless decayed teeth over the years, restoring their health and function. Visiting Main Street Dental Smiles for your twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings will ensure any cavities are identified and treated with dental fillings early on, allowing you to maintain your beautiful, healthy smile.

How Do Cavities Develop?

Plaque is a film of bacteria that continually forms on the teeth, especially if you consume sugary foods and beverages. If plaque and food debris are not cleaned off by regular brushing and flossing, cavity-causing bacteria will produce acids that erode the tooth enamel, leaving tiny holes called cavities.

Unfortunately, the teeth can’t heal themselves. Left untreated, tooth decay will progress, and the cavity will become more extensive. That can lead to symptoms, including sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, tooth pain, and visible holes or discoloration on a tooth’s surface.

Tooth-Colored Fillings – An Overview

At Main Street Dental Smiles, we offer tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin material to repair cavities. These cosmetic restorations are closely matched to the appearance of your natural teeth, with seamless results.

In the past, composite fillings were not used to repair molars. However, today’s modern fillings are stronger and more durable than ever, allowing us to treat cavities on any teeth. As with any other filling materials, if there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining to support your restoration, you may require a dental crown to strengthen the tooth and fortify its structure.

What Is the Dental Filling Procedure?

We’ll numb the area using a local anesthetic for your comfort. The procedure involves removing the decayed portions of the tooth, cleaning and sterilizing the space, then placing the composite resin filling. We will shape the restoration to resemble your natural tooth structure and then use a curing light to harden the material.

Other Uses for Dental Fillings

While mainly used to repair cavities, dental fillings are often used for other purposes. These versatile restorations can repair fractured or cracked teeth and correct the appearance and length of teeth worn due to grinding, a condition known as bruxism. Moreover, the aesthetic material serves a cosmetic dentistry purpose by closing small gaps between teeth and improving the appearance of not-so-perfect teeth by improving their color, shape, size, or overall appearance.

Dental Fillings Near Me in Whitesboro, TX

Contact Main Street Dental Smiles to learn more about restoring your smile’s function and aesthetics using tooth-colored dental fillings. Dr. Schilling and her team are committed to providing cutting-edge services and the highest level of care to ensure her valued patients maintain long-term healthy smiles. Call us and schedule your appointment today!

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