What Is a Dental Filling?
If your tooth has a small area of damage, our dentist may recommend a dental filling to restore it to its proper shape, size, and function. The compromised area of the tooth is removed and then the filling material is placed to restore the tooth.
Why Are Dental Fillings Used?
The most common reason for a dental filling is to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. However, a dental filling may also be recommended for:
– Cracked or broken teeth
– Teeth that are worn because of nail biting, teeth grinding or using teeth as tools
How Is a Dental Filling Placed?
When you visit our office for a dental filling, our dentist may numb the area with a local anesthetic if necessary. Then Dr. Sharel Sly will remove the decay. Once the area has been tested to ensure that all decay has been removed, it will be thoroughly cleaned. Then the dental filling material will be placed to restore the shape of the tooth. If composite material is used, a shade will be selected that closely matches that of your teeth. The composite material is placed in layers and cured.
Does a Dental Filling Require Any Special Care?
Care for your dental filling in the same way that you would your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Visit Hermann Park Smiles at least twice each year for professional dental cleanings and exams.
If you would like more information and to set up an appointment with our dentist in Houston, Texas, contact us at (713) 522-1717 today.