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Tooth Fillings | Dental Fillings |Cavity Fillings

Tooth Fillings sometimes called Dental fillings or cavity Fillings have been used for centuries as a solution for replacing tooth structure lost to decay and it is one of the most commonly performed dental treatments across the world. If you Are concerned that you may have holes/cavities in your teeth or are experiencing mild pain while brushing certain teeth or sensitivity when consuming hot or cold foods? You may have tooth decay that requires a filling. Dental fillings help to restore your teeth and relieve the sensitivity associated with cavities.

A Tooth fillings is a direct restoration used to repair a decayed or damaged tooth and is often the first line of defense for a tooth that has been compromised i.e Decayed or cracked. Tooth fillings help to restore cavities and bring a damaged tooth back to its usual function and shape. These fillings plug the holes in our teeth caused by decay and wear, ensuring teeth are healthy and can continue functioning without becoming a bigger issue

Tooth fillings

Types of Tooth Fillings Materials

There are several different types of Tooth fillings our dentist will discuss which is best for you depending on the location of the restoration in your mouth, the extent of the repair and whether you have any allergies and of course your budget.

Amalgam (or silver) fillings combine silver, copper, tin and mercury to create a strong and stable filling material. It is durable, easy to use, highly resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive compared with other materials. Amalgam fillings are recommended for restoring teeth further back in the mouth and out of sight due to their dark colour.

Composite fillings are made up of resin and finely ground glass like particles. This produces the most natural appearance for your restoration. Composite fillings provide durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-sized restorations that withstand moderate chewing pressure. There are composite fillings that are strong and resistant to wear now for posterior teeth.

Glass ionomer fillings are tooth-coloured and easily bond with tooth tissue. They slowly release a fluoride over time to help prevent decay under and around the filling. We use these for cavities that have extended under the gum.

Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory before being cemented into place. They work well with gum tissues and can last more than 10 years if taken care of. Gold is considered the best filling material, but it is often the most expensive option.

Porcelain fillings have a similar cost to gold and are also produced in a lab before being bonded to the tooth. They are a popular choice due to their ability to be matched to the colour of the natural tooth and their stain resistance.

Types of Tooth fillings

When is a Tooth fillings needed.

You could need a filling in your tooth for a number of different reasons:

  1. The tooth has been damaged due to decay: This is quite common, and results from poor oral hygiene habits, not brushing regularly or eating and drinking high-sugar foods or drinks that contain a lot of acid which wear the enamel away and cause cavities.
  2. The tooth may be damaged or chipped by trauma: For example by an accident or a sports injury (which is why it is essential to always wear a protective mouth guard for contact sports).
  3. The tooth might have an inherent defect: Some people are just predisposed to teeth and gum issues, perhaps due to nutrition issues or genetics, as some problems can be hereditary.
    No matter the cause of the filling, the treatment process remains the same. In every case, it’s better to treat the filling early, in order to prevent any further damage to the tooth or risk possible nerve damage. A stitch they say is better than nine.

Tooth fillings cost Houston TX

Depending on the extent of damage / decay /chip Tooth Colored fillings at Keem Smile Dentistry Houston TX for self paid patients without Insurance ranges in the following:

  • $100 to $150 for a single surface, anterior / composite filling.
  • $150 to $200 for a two surface, tooth-colored composite filling of the anterior or posterior tooth.
  • $150 to $200 for a three surface tooth colored filling of the anterior or posterior tooth.
    In rare cases, prices may increase if a filling is “hard to reach”. A back molar, an impacted tooth or other complications may cost more than a simple filling for a front tooth. Patients with some form of Dental Insurance would usually pay less than the estimated cost depending on the coverage you have with your Insurance company.

Tooth fillings Vs Root Canal Treatment

Root canals are very different to fillings. They are necessary when there has been damage to the tooth nerve (which is why it’s always better to have your tooth filled sooner rather than let it develop into a bigger issue). To find out more about the root canal treatment we offer, check out this content on root canal treatment

Tooth fillings Procedure

Root canals are very different to fillings. They are necessary when there has been damage to the tooth nerve (which is why it’s always better to have your tooth filled sooner rather than let it develop into a bigger issue). 

A tooth filling procedure is fast and simple, it can be summed up in five steps.

  1. Local anaesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth so you don’t feel a thing.
  2. We will use a dental drill to remove any decay and then shape the tooth for the filling.
  3. We will etch the tooth with an acid gel prior to placing the filling if using a white filling material.
  4. We harden it using a bright light. Amalgam sets on its own.
  5. Once the filling has been placed, we will polish the tooth.

Then you simply enjoy your new, strong, restored tooth. Each Usually filling takes approximately 15 minutes from beginning to completion, depending on how long it takes for your anaesthesia to take effect.

Post operation care after a Tooth fillings

Caring for your filled tooth will be no different to looking after the rest of your teeth. You should still brush and floss regularly, although after a filling you might notice a bit more sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks for a while. This can be heightened further if the filling was deep (for a larger cavity) but if you have any concerns talk to us straight away. If anesthesia was used during the filling, do not chew anything until the numbness wears off. If you chew anything while you are still numb, you could bite your tongue, your lips and or your cheek without knowing

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