What is a tooth filling?
Tooth fillings strengthen and protect teeth with cavities. Although tooth decay is preventable, cavities are one of the most common health problems among children, teenagers, and young adults. Sugary drinks, frequent snacking, and poor dental hygiene all contribute to tooth decay. Left untreated, cavities can lead to severe pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Prevention is key when it comes to tooth decay. But if your dentist has already found a cavity in your tooth and the roots aren’t affected, you will get a tooth filling to restore it to its full function. If decay has progressed too far into the tooth’s roots, your dentist will likely need to perform a root canal on the tooth rather than a filling.
Scheduling Your Dental Filling Appointment
At your appointment for a tooth filling in Nederland, TX, your dentist will remove the infected part of the tooth and disinfect the area. Next, your dentist will fill the hollow area of the tooth with a material to protect it from further damage. The material hardens to produce a hard, tooth-like surface. Composite, tooth-colored fillings look just like your other teeth.
If you need a tooth filling or are concerned about your teeth, feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment today!