While tooth decay is completely preventable, most Shelly’s Smile patients have had one or more cavities by the time they reach adulthood. A tooth filling in Dallas is a simple procedure that restores an injured or decayed tooth. Our Dallas dentist removes the decayed tissue and fills the space with silver or composite material. The virtually painless process of repairing a cavity has a brief recovery period that allows patients to speak, eat and get back to regular activity immediately post-procedure.
Fillings in Dallas are one of the most frequently performed and most important dental treatments. Although a decayed tooth may not always produce pain, many individuals will feel sensitivity or discomfort that indicates a cavity needs to be filled.
Our dentist in Dallas will diagnose a cavity through multiple touch points in a dental examination; visual inspection, oral exam and x-ray analysis. Cavities range from barely detectable to quite large. Most dental insurance providers will cover at least a portion of the cost of filling a cavity.
First, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed. The tooth is then restored with composite resin material. A dental filling seals the cavity to prevent moisture or particles from penetrating the opening.
A special drill is used to remove the decayed area; the space is then packed with filling material and shaped. A topical anesthetic is used to numb the area so that the patient will not feel anything during the procedure.
The process of filling a tooth cavity requires only a 20–30-minute appointment, excluding exam time, x-rays and any additional services needed. A filled tooth will function and appear like any other tooth, and any sensitivity from a filling should subside once the anesthetic wears off. Sometimes, it is necessary to reshape a dental filling during a later visit to restore proper bite alignment.
At Shelly’s Smile we recommend filling a cavity right away. Since decay creates a hole in the tooth, forgoing a dental filling in Dallas can cause the cavity to deepen so much so that root canal therapy, a dental crown or tooth extraction is needed to restore the tooth.en with great care by catering to their needs and even those of special needs children. This is coupled with comfortable and gentle care that will have your child feeling good about going to the dentist.
For patients seeking a discreet way to correct a cavity with dental fillings, composite fillings are a common choice. These fillings are composed of a plastic and ceramic compound in order to match the natural color of your teeth. This material easily bonds to the tooth’s surface, resulting in a minimally-invasive procedure.