Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings in Pflugerville, TX

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues, especially in children. Left untreated, they could worsen and require complicated treatment, but most often, they can be remedied with a dental filling. Grand Family Dental offers this simple restorative treatment to restore your teeth to health in Pflugerville.

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings have several uses in dentistry, but they are most commonly used to treat cavities, which form when bacteria have produced a hole in the tooth. This happens when plaque and food debris are left on the tooth surfaces for extended periods of time. Bacteria live in these substances and produce acids, which attack the tooth enamel, wearing it away and causing a cavity to form in the tooth. A dental filling removes this damage and replaces the lost tooth structure in order to restore function to the tooth.

Procedure

The procedure to have a dental filling placed is fairly quick and simple, taking less than one hour. Your dentist at Grand Family Dental can usually treat a cavity with the filling in the same appointment after it has been detected.

First, the tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort. The decay will be removed using dental tools, then cleaned and shaped to prepare it for the filling. Dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including composite resin, and glass ionomer. The most commonly used material now is composite resin, which is fairly strong, durable, and can be shaded to match the surrounding teeth. The material that your dentist selects for you will depend on the location of the filling as well as cost. The filling will be placed in layers, with each layer being cured (hardened) before the next is applied. This helps to strengthen it. Once all the layers have been placed, the filling will be shaved down as needed to fit with the bite of your teeth.

The treated tooth will be ready to use shortly following the procedure, but you may have to be careful for a few hours after your appointment to allow time for the anesthetic to wear off.

To have a cavity treated in Pflugerville, make an appointment at Grand Family Dental for quality dental fillings.

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