If you have areas of dental decay, fillings can restore the damaged tooth and prevent further decay. Fillings are an area of specialty of Priyanka Agrawal, DDS, and the team at Comfort Dentistry in the Stone Oak neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas. If you or a loved one needs a dental filling, booking a professional dental exam is the best place to begin. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call the office to set up a visit.
Numerous factors can contribute to dental decay, and cavities are among the most common dental health issues across all ages. A cavity occurs when small holes or openings form in your tooth’s enamel.
Dental decay occurs due to buildup of plaque on the surface of your teeth. The clear, sticky substance develops when you eat sugary or starchy foods. You can remove most plaque with optimal brushing and flossing habits, but it’s hard to remove all traces, especially when plaque hardens into a substance called tartar.
Plaque damages your teeth by removing the minerals in your enamel. That allows small openings to develop, letting acid and bacteria enter and continue destroying your natural tooth tissue.
That is why it’s so important to schedule routine dental exams and professional cleanings. These visits allow your dental care team to identify areas of concern before they create cavities.
Dental fillings are used to treat cavities by “filling” the hole or opening in your tooth tissue. They are the most common treatment for tooth decay and can prevent it from advancing into the deeper layers of your teeth.
Fillings restore the shape and structural integrity of damaged teeth. They can also serve a cosmetic function, especially when the filling substance is the same color as your natural teeth.
These are some signs you may need a filling:
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a visit to Comfort Dentistry to learn the cause and explore treatment options.
Getting a dental filling is nothing to fear. The process takes very little time from start to finish.
The first step is a dental exam to learn more about the structure of your teeth and the extent of decay.
If a filling is needed, Dr. Agrawal begins with an injection of numbing medication to ensure your comfort during your treatment. Once you’re resting comfortably, she removes all traces of decayed tooth tissue.
Your tooth is then cleaned and dried. The filling material is placed within the cavity using care to create the best possible contouring. Every effort is made to restore the original shape of your tooth.
Dr. Agrawal polishes the filling material to create an attractive appearance. Tooth-colored fillings may need to be hardened using a special light before a final shaping process takes place.
Dental fillings are completed during a single office visit. At the end of the process, you’ll leave the office with a restored smile and enhanced dental health.
If you have questions or concerns about dental fillings, call the office today to book a visit. Online booking is also available and allows you to schedule your visit from home on any digital device.