If you have suffered dental decay, a filling can strengthen your damaged tooth and restore its full functionality. When performing the restoration, Dr. Vlachakis will remove all decay and bacteria before placing a metal or tooth-colored filling. Both materials are excellent options, and the dentist will help you select the right material for your dental needs, cosmetic goals, and budget. Thanks to our advanced materials and Dr. Vlachakis’ precision and care, you can enjoy a stable bite and beautifully restored tooth for years to come.
Why Place a Filling?
When oral bacteria accumulate in your mouth, they interact with sugars in food to form acid. Over time, this acid will begin to eat away at your tooth. In the initial stages of erosion, this process can be reversed. However, if it is left untreated, the bacteria will eventually begin to eat away at the inner structure of your tooth. In these cases, a filling can eliminate bacteria, end your discomfort, strengthen the compromised structure of your tooth, and prevent future bacterial damage.
The Filling Procedure
Before placing a filling, Dr. Vlachakis will numb your tooth and the nearby tissues. Then she will remove all bacteria and debris from the inner chamber before carefully reshaping your tooth to accommodate the filling. Reshaping the tooth’s interior and removing bacteria will be accomplished with the Solea® Hard Tissue Laser, which provides precision without the use of a scalpel or drill, offering a minimally-invasive and comfortable experience. She may also place a sealant inside your tooth to protect the nerves and prevent sensitivity. Then she will fill your tooth with the material of your choice, and she will use a bonding agent to strengthen the connection between your filling and the structure of your tooth. For a few days after you receive your filling, you may experience some sensitivity. However, this should dissipate quickly, allowing you to enjoy your stronger, healthier tooth and bite.
At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we offer two types of tooth fillings:
- Metal: Fillings can be made of gold, silver, or silver amalgam (a combination of several types of metal). They are extremely strong and durable. Silver amalgam fillings are typically an inexpensive, yet effective, restorative option. However, over time, metal fillings can begin to show through, giving your teeth a gray tint.
- Composite resin: White fillings can protect the appearance and color of your smile for years to come. Dr. Vlachakis will hand-select the tint that most closely matches the natural color of your teeth. Although composite resin is not quite as durable as metal, tooth-colored fillings can still last decades or more. They are an increasingly popular choice, and they are especially suitable if you require a filling in one of your front teeth.
Which Filling Is Right for You?
If you have a cavity, then find out what kind of tooth filling is best for you. Schedule an appointment by calling Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.