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Dental Fillings

Restore your gorgeous smile with natural looking composite filling at Texan Smile Sugar Land

All about Dental Fillings

Fillings help to avoid further damage to a teeth with cavities. Dental cavities need to be fixed before further damage happens to the affected teeth. Dental Fillings can also be a solution for a chipped or broken tooth to improve the aesthetic aspects of the smile. Filling material replaces the defective tooth structure and restores the function, strength, and appearance of the tooth. At Texan Smile, we use high quality composite resins, which are tooth-colored filling materials. These are more aesthetically pleasing since they match the natural tooth color and appearance. These fillings only requires minimal removal of tooth structure compared to other options such as silver fillings.

It is very important to treat cavities at the onset in order to protect the teeth from more major, potentially damaging problems in the future. Failure to diagnose and treat cavities in time can cause additional damage to the tooth structure, leading to larger fillings, crown, root canal, and even complete loss of the affected tooth in severe cases. Once the treatment is completed, the dental fillings can be maintained by proper routine oral care measures, including regular brushing, mouthwash, and flossing.

Texan Smile Dentist Sugar Land 77479 Dental Fillings

Why do I need a dental filling ?

Filling is required when you have a cavity. Not removing the cavity on time can damage your teeth , eventually leading to requiring more complex treatment. Filling can also be a solution for a chipped tooth or broken tooth to fix the aesthetic aspects of your smile.

Removing the decay from your tooth as early as possible is important. As this will help to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.

 

Dental Filling Procedure

During a dental filling, the patient will require local anesthesia to be comfortable during the procedure. After numbing the required area, the dentist removes the decay completely and then the affected tooth is prepared for filling. The material used for filling is important as it will affect the appearance and the longevity of the filling. At Texan smile, we make sure we use the highest quality natural color filling material. Filling material is then bonded to the teeth and shaped properly till a natural bite relation is attained. The filling is then polished to make sure the bite provides a natural feel. It is not uncommon to have sensitivity for few days after the filling. But the sensitivity will subside on its own without any intervention but you are always welcome to reach out to our team if you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Xavier and team is ready to assist.

Does all dental cavities require filling?

Not all cavities are the same. If the cavity is in the enamel, the hardest layer of the tooth, then it is possible to arrest the caries by using fluoride and adopting good oral hygiene habits. In these cases, the dentist usually keeps an eye on the cavities and only treat them if they progress. If the cavity has passed the enamel layer and has advanced to the next layer, then a filling is required to prevent further damage to the tooth structure.

How long does the dental filling last?

It’s difficult to determine the exact life of filling. It depends on several factors like type of the filling material used, oral hygiene habits, size of the filling, chewing forces on the filling etc. If properly cared for, usually a good filling can last for 15 yrs or more.

Digital Caries Detection using Dexis CariVu

Texan Smile Dentist Sugar Land 77479 Dexis CariVuDigital Caries Detection DEXIS™ CariVu, the latest breakthrough in caries detection, uses a patented and safe transillumination imaging technology which allows the provider to accurately see the structure of the tooth and identify any caries or cracks in the tooth. CariVu uses a nearinfrared light which is safe for everyone including children and pregnant women. Transillumination technology allows for early detection of caries and thus aides in early detection and preventive care.

Features at a glance:

CariVu uses transillumination technology to highlight caries
CariVu allows the dentists to see through the tooth and exposes any caries or lesions
CariVu outputs xray like images making it easier for the providers and patients to understand

CariVu is one of the latest technological breakthroughs in the field of dental imaging. It provides an easy to use technology that delivers high quality imaging that makes early detection and preventive care possible.

How can I get more information about the dental filling?

You can call our office at 832-271-8280 to discuss the options or schedule a free consultation with Dr.Xavier.

How much does a dental filling cost?

Dental Filling cost can vary from case to case depending on multiple factors. Cost of the filling is calculated based on the number of surfaces / areas that need to be filled and the quality of the materials used. Most of the PPO insurances pay 80 – 100% towards the fillings.