Dental fillings involve removing a decayed portion of a tooth and “filling” the area with a special material. These are typically a combination of metal materials, but advances in dentistry allow patients to have other options, such as composite and ceramic. La Cantera Dental Group proudly offers dental fillings for restorative and cosmetic purposes!
Why Would Patients Need Dental Fillings?
Fillings are commonly used to treat cavities, but patients can get them for other reasons as well. They can also repair cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth. Cosmetic dental fillings are designed to match the rest of your teeth for aesthetic purposes, providing patients with both restorative and cosmetic benefits.
What to Expect
Dental filling appointments are generally quick and don’t require much preparation. Your dentist will inject your gums near the affected tooth to numb the area. Once it takes effect, they’ll drill out the decay and replace it with the filling.
Your mouth might still be numb for a few hours after the appointment, so make sure to take extra care when chewing to avoid injuring yourself.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Dental Fillings?
Your dental fillings can last for many years before they need to be replaced. Years of chewing will cause them to wear out over time, and they’ll wear faster if you grind your teeth. Here’s how to know it’s time to get your dental fillings replaced:
- Visible cracks
- Gaps where the filling used to be
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
Do You Have Any Questions About Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are great for repairing your teeth. La Cantera Dental Group is pleased to provide this service and help patients enjoy smiling again. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today! We have one office on La Cantera Pkwy and another at the Park Oaks Center.