Tooth Fillings in Garland, TX
Cavities are a serious and progressive dental condition caused by destruction of tooth enamel, the hard outer layer that protects the tooth. Untreated tooth decay can result in pain, systemic infection, loss of the tooth, and bone complications. If left untreated the infection can spread leading to a need for performing root canal and/or tooth extraction. Having cavities repaired doesn’t have to mean a smile full of silver. Dr. Boppana at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry recommends tooth colored fillings (white Filling) for her Garland, TX patients.
Different Types Of Tooth Decay
Pit and fissure decay
Also called occlusal cavities, these are frequently-diagnosed in children and adults who have not been protected with dental sealant. It occurs in irregular contours on chewing surfaces of molars.
This is common among older adults with receding gums. The exposed portion of root surface is not protected by enamel, so it is especially susceptible to harmful bacteria.
Smooth surface decay
These cavities form on flat surfaces of teeth when bacterial plaque is not removed with conscientious brushing and flossing. In early stages, these holes in enamel may be repaired with topical fluoride treatment.
Smooth surface decay that forms on the side of a tooth (between teeth).
What to expect from Tooth Filling
Before filling the Cavities your general dentist will
- A digital X-ray of your mouth is taken
- Your teeth, gums and surrounding skin are numbed to lessen the discomfort.
- Remove the decayed portion of the tooth.
- The cavity is cleaned and replaced with dental filling.
Tooth Filling is usually used to fill a cavity caused due to tooth decay but can also be used to repair damaged teeth due to grinding or replace a broken part of the tooth.
Types of Fillings
Also known as Silver Filling is one of the oldest and common filling material used by dentists. The Strength of amalgam makes it an ideal filling material for back teeth which are used for chewing food.
Also known as White Filling, it is a dental plastic ( synthetic or composite resin fillings), shaded to match tooth color.It is combined with finely powdered glass for a light reflective quality that looks like tooth enamel.Once prepared, the material is soft and moldable.The cavity opening is filled with it and is shaped to make it look natural teeth .Each layer of this process is cured with a special light that makes it hard and durable.With final trimming and polishing, the biggest advantage of white filling is that it blends beautifully with natural tooth structure.
Some times gold is also used for filling cavities due to its strength and preference on how it looks. while it’s as strong as silver filling it will cost 10 times more than amalgam filling. Metal fillings usually last for 10-15 years.
A ceramic cavity filling (usually made of porcelain) is a tooth colored filling that is stain resistant to an extent but ceramic fillings cost nearly as much as gold fillings.
Its a blend of acrylic and glass. The biggest advantage of this filling is that it releases fluoride which helps protect the teeth but this is one with the least durability and needs to be replaced in 5 years.
To repair a cavity, Dr. Boppana removes decayed area of tooth structure with a high-speed drill or air abrasion. Then the space is filled with a strong material that restores shape and chewing function of the tooth. Historically, amalgam(commonly called silver filling) was the go-to filling material. Amalgam gets it silver color from mercury used as a binding agent. Today, most people prefer an aesthetic approach.
Composite cavity fillings are more economical than porcelain inlays, onlays, or crowns, and all or a portion of the cost is usually covered by dental insurance.
Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups usually help prevent tooth decay
- Brush twice daily with a fluoride tooth paste.
- Clean between the teeth using a floss.
- Eat balanced nutritious food.
- Ask for option dental sealant and fluoride treatment during your dental exam and cleaning.
Our Tooth Fillings
Don’t delay your dental care to another day. Call our dental office at (469) 804-5677 to schedule an appointment.