What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay, the condition that leads to cavities, begins when oral bacteria produce acids to weaken your tooth enamel. Cavities often go unnoticed when they only affect the enamel, but when bacteria reach the dentin, the cavity will cause tooth sensitivity or pain when exposed to heat, cold, or acidic substances. The pain will grow worse as the cavity grows, until your dentist treats it with a dental filling.

What is a filling?

A dental filling fills the hole, or cavity, in your tooth. At our office, we only use tooth-colored composite resin which fills just the cavity but also the porous surface of the tooth’s dentin. This provides added strength and protection to the tooth structure in addition to improving the overall appearance of your tooth.

How is a filling placed?

After numbing and preparing your tooth, your dentist will apply the resin to the cavity, allowing the resin to conform to the shape of the cavity. Then, your dentist will harden the resin for a durable and lifelike finish. For teeth that experience significant decay and require partiuclarly large fillings, we can also place a dental crown over the treated tooth for additional long-term protection.

Ask your dentist about a tooth-colored filling.

If you have a cavity, then a tooth-colored filling could provide the best and most natural-looking solution to treating it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.