If you have reached adulthood without ever developing a cavity, that is an amazing accomplishment! In America, about 80 percent of the population will develop at least one cavity by age 17. For that reason, at WellSmiles we offer restorative dental fillings in Houston.
Tooth filling materials are used to fix cavities and prevent the spread of infection. Without treatment, tooth decay can spread to the inner pulp. When this happens, root canal treatment in Houston is needed to end the infection and save the tooth.
At WellSmiles we use traditional silver amalgam and white composite materials to repair cavities. Each filling type offers special advantages.
Traditional Amalgam: Metal fillings have been in use for more than a hundred years. This material is a mixture of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Traditional fillings are the most cost-effective, durable ,strong and safe. But this filling type is also highly visible and require a lot of tooth preparation.
White Composite: This tooth-colored cosmetic dentistry is a popular option for patients who want a more discreet restoration. Composite white fillings are a mixture of glass and plastic that bonds to the surface of the tooth. More expensive than silver fillings, composites are a newer type of material that is almost as durable as amalgam. Less tooth preparation is required to place a white filling.
Porcelain: Dental ceramics are stain-resistant, natural-looking, and strong. Porcelain tooth fillings tend to cost more because they require more specialized advanced technology and the use of a dental lab. This high-glass dental material is brittle and used more for aesthetic purposes.
After getting a filling placed it is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks for a short time. If discomfort persists, or if you feel pain when biting, you may need to have an adjustment made to the filling. Brush and floss as you normally would and visit our Houston dental office every six months.