Dental Fillings in Bellaire, TX
People often find them embarrassing to talk about. However, dental fillings are often unavoidable. At Tara Dental Group in Bellaire, we aren’t afraid to dive right in and offer high-quality filling work.
Should I be afraid to get fillings?
Under no circumstance should you be afraid of getting dental fillings. Fillings are necessary to prevent your teeth from becoming completely rotted. The idea of fillings is to “fill” a cavity within the tooth, or any missing area that might cause a problem (i.e., cracked or broken areas).
When done carefully and properly, having your teeth filled can be relatively painless. It is important for the dentist to take his or her time when preparing, filling, and curing the tooth. The only thing you should fear is not having an exposed cavity filled.
How is it performed?
There are several steps in having your teeth filled. To begin, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic to the gum line around the affected tooth. This step, while is not normally painful, may cause a bit of discomfort or pressure. Once the area is numb, the dentist will then remove the decayed areas with special equipment. What scares patients the most is the use of a drill. However, a drill is not always the best option. A laser or air abrasion may be used instead. Either way, anesthesia will keep the patient from feeling anything at all.
Once the decay has been completely removed, the dentist will then clean the tooth to ensure that all of the decay and any other particles are gone. Then the filling begins. The dentist will fill the tooth with a material of your choice and finish by giving it a nice polish.
What kinds of fillings are there?
There are many different options when it comes to choosing the right fillings for you. Most people choose silver amalgam which is a mix of silver, zinc, tin, copper, and mercury. This is a common option as it is inexpensive and long-lasting. Composite fillings are also pretty common as it is easily blended with the color of your natural teeth. When using composite fillings, the dentist must cure the tooth with blue light after it has been filled.
On the more expensive side, ceramic, or porcelain fillings is a viable option. While it tends to be less durable than silver amalgam or composite, ceramic fillings are harder to stain and can keep its tooth-like color for years to come.
If you are feeling a bit luxurious, you can always opt for the gold filling. This is the longest lasting filling option available. However, it requires several visits to have them filled properly and will cost you a very pretty penny.
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No matter what you choose, know that Tara Dental Group in Bellaire has you covered. We take our time and always put the patient’s comfort first. Our highly-rated dentists will work with you to ensure your overall happiness — no need to feel embarrassed or afraid. We’ve got your back!