Most people need cavity fillings at some point in their lives. You may also need several tooth fillings throughout your life. When you have decay or a cavity on your tooth, your dentist recommends a tooth filling for the area to prevent bacterial infections. Dental fillings also repair cracks and chipped teeth and enhance the structural integrity of your teeth. Epic Dental Center provides tooth-colored fillings and white tooth fillings to improve the structure and appearance of your teeth without leaving any trace of dental work.

Tooth fillings can help prevent additional tooth decay. Allow our professional dentist to determine whether fillings are the best solution for you! Make your appointment today.

Why Do You Need A Filling?

You need a tooth filling if you have dental cavities or dental decay. The accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth may lead to the formation of cavities and bacterial decay. If you don’t treat cavities with dental fillings, the bacteria will continue going deeper into your teeth and eventually reach the pulp chamber, necessitating a root canal or tooth extraction. A dental filling involves removing the decayed parts of your teeth and replacing them with dental filling material, thus preventing the infection from spreading further.

You may also need a tooth filling to protect the tooth after it has been damaged. If your tooth is chipped or cracked because of injuries or accidents, you may need a dental filling. The dentist can place a dental filling material on the chipped or cracked part of your tooth. The dental filling material protects the tooth and prevents the cavity from spreading. If you don’t get a tooth filling, bacteria may enter the damaged parts of your teeth and increase the risk of dental decay.

Do you have a tooth that is damaged or cracked? You may need dental fillings. Book an online appointment!

Types of Dental Fillings:

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, a substance that mimics the color and shade of natural teeth. They are mechanically bonded to the surface of your teeth and are more conservative than amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings usually last for 7 to 10 years, but most patients believe the superior cosmetics are worth it.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, are also extremely strong and durable fillings. They last for 10 to 15 years and withstand considerable bite force. But silver doesn’t match the color of natural teeth, and it eventually becomes black or gray. Some patients are also allergic to the mercury present within amalgam fillings.

Cast Gold Fillings

Cast gold fillings are extremely strong fillings that can last 10 to 15 years or more. However, most patients avoid gold fillings because they are highly visible and unnatural.

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How Are Dental Fillings Done?

Your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth to ensure comfort. They’ll use an air abrasion device or laser to remove the damaged or decayed parts of your teeth, following which the cavity will be cleansed. After removing the decay and cleaning the cavity, the dentist will apply the tooth-colored composite resin material in layers and use a special light to harden each layer. Finally, excess composite resin will be trimmed away, and the tooth will be polished.

Composite dental fillings are a tooth-colored solution for maintaining a natural-looking smile! Make an appointment our the dentist now.

Dental Fillings FAQs

What not to do after getting dental fillings?

  • Don’t chew while your mouth is still numb after a dental filling.
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages for up to two weeks.
  • Avoid crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods for up to two weeks.
  • Don’t bite down too hard because it may damage the dental filling material.

How long does it take for teeth fillings to settle?

Dental fillings usually take one or two weeks to settle completely. You can resume your daily activities and work immediately after the procedure, but you should avoid crunchy, sticky, and chewy foods until your cavity fillings settle completely.

How many hours do you have to wait after getting a filling?

You should ideally wait at least two hours after your tooth filling procedure before eating.

Can you talk after a filling?

You can talk after your filling. However, if your dentist uses local anesthesia during the procedure, you may have slight difficulty speaking clearly for a few hours.

How long do fillings last?

The longevity of dental fillings depends on the dental filling material, the location of the filling, and your oral hygiene and dietary habits. Metal fillings last for approximately 15 years, and tooth-colored fillings last for 7 to 10 years, following which they must be replaced.

How do you keep fillings strong?

To keep your fillings strong, brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily. You should use fluoride toothpaste and alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash. You should also avoid crunchy, sticky, and chewy snacks.

Is filling good for front teeth?

Dental fillings are good for front teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are especially good for the front teeth because they look completely natural and don’t leave any obvious signs of dental work.

How many times can you replace a filling?

Patients with composite resin, tooth-colored fillings generally need to replace them every 7 to 10 years. But patients with amalgam and silver fillings can replace them once every 15 years. You can replace your fillings as many times as your teeth allow. If the cavity becomes too large for fillings, your dentist may recommend a dental crown.

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Schedule Your Cavity Filling Procedure

Epic Dental Center is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in the latest and safest dental restoration techniques. We offer tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin to fill cavities, prevent bacterial infections, and protect damaged teeth. Our dentists discuss the pros and cons of all dental filling materials to help you make an informed decision about your treatment. You can find our dental clinic at 8800 Katy Fwy Ste. 280 Houston. Please schedule your cavity filling procedure to explore your dental filling options.