Tooth decay can be unsightly: it can result in bad breath, cavities or even infections and the loss of the teeth. At Timeless Dental we can help! We provide composite dental fillings in The Woodlands, Texas. Our dentist, Dr. John Rodriquez, and our team can use these fillings to restore the health and appearance of your tooth. Call 281-681-3300 today for your appointment.
What Is a Filling?
Fillings can be made from several materials, including amalgam (metal), ceramic, and glass ionomer cement. We use composite because it is strong and durable and can be made to match the color of the surrounding teeth so that your restoration is not noticeable.
What to Expect When You Get a Filling
Cavities are usually detected during routine exams. When you have a filling placed, you can expect to be at our office in The Woodlands for about an hour. This will allow our dentist enough time to take X-rays, if necessary, and complete the dental work.
The procedure will require an anesthetic to be applied to the area around the affected tooth, including surrounding gums, to avoid or lessen
discomfort. While you may feel some pressure as the work is being done, you won’t feel any pain or other sensations. The decay will be removed with a dental drill and then replaced with the filling. The filling material will be applied in layers, with each layer being cured (hardened) to strengthen it. Once all the layers have been applied, your doctor can trim off excess material so that the filling fits in with the bite of the rest of the teeth.
Following the procedure, your mouth will likely remain numb for a few hours. You will be able to eat and drink during that time, but you will have to be careful not to bite your cheek or lip. Although fillings are most often used to fill in a cavity, they can also be used to repair damage in a tooth.
You can have confidence when you visit Timeless Dental for a dental filling or any other procedure. We aim to create a welcoming dental environment in The Woodlands and maintain the oral health of our patients.