If you have been to the dentist’s office more than once, you have probably learned about the dangers of plaque and how to avoid cavities. Dental caries, also known as cavities, are one of the most common dental problems as well as one of the most destructive. The good news is that even if you have a cavity, you can fix it with the help of dental fillings.

What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings in Mesquite, TX are material that replaces a decayed or damaged area of the tooth. They can fix cavities, small chips or cracks in teeth, and damage caused by teeth grinding (bruxism). 

In short, a dentist injects fillings into the affected areas with the help of dental instruments like the dentist’s drill. Common types of dental fillings include:

  • Amalgam fillings
  • Composite resin fillings
  • Cast gold fillings
  • Ceramic fillings

Amalgam fillings and cast gold fillings are only common in older dental work. Composite/ceramic fillings are more popular now because they closely resemble the surface of a healthy tooth. As dental technology has improved, getting a filling has become a less stressful procedure. Space-age dental fillings materials have created dental work that can endure for decades without a touch-up.

What Is A Filling Procedure Like?

a woman smiling in the dentist chair before receiving dental fillingsA filling is a routine procedure that should happen in about an hour. A dentist identifies all cavities through the initial exam or x-ray, and multiple cavities may be able to be filled in a single sitting. When it comes time to fill the cavity, your dentist will administer an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. This is both to prevent any pain caused by drilling the cavity and to prevent discomfort from blocking and other equipment placed in the mouth during the procedure. 

Once the anesthetic takes hold, the dentist will drill a hole that removes the decay from the enamel and replaces it with the filling. This part of the procedure actually takes up less time than any other step of the appointment.

Why Get a Filling Now?

When it comes to cavities, it does not pay to delay treatment. Cavities do not heal like other injuries and will only get worse with time. When a cavity is left alone, it will take up more of the enamel’s surface area. It will burrow deeper until it reaches the root of the tooth. While you may not notice a cavity in its early stages, it eventually becomes painful and unsightly. If the cavity continues to be ignored it may cause an infected abscess in the gums or even the death of the nerves in the tooth. If this happens, it will be necessary to either undergo a root canal procedure or pull the tooth.

Galloway Dental is your first and best stop for dental fillings in Mesquite, TX and other dental procedures.  Other dental treatments we offer include:

 If you are troubled by a cavity or are just overdue for an exam, please give us a call at 469.273.1376 and protect your oral health.