If you develop a cavity, a dental filling can prevent the damage from spreading and preserve your natural tooth. At My Dentist, general dentist Christine Hervas, DDS, regularly uses dental fillings to repair enamel damaged by decay. To make an appointment, call the practice in Austin, Texas, or click the online booking feature today.
A filling is a type of dental restoration in which Dr. Hervas applies composite resin to an area of decaying tooth enamel. When the resin hardens and dries, it restores your tooth to its near-original shape and condition, reducing the risk of additional complications.
Before recommending a dental filling, Dr. Hervas conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. If she discovers one or several cavities, she moves forward with treatment.
First, Dr. Hervas numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic. Next, she carefully removes the decaying portion of your tooth enamel with special tools. Then, Dr. Hervas sterilizes the area and applies a composite resin material to the damaged part of your tooth.
Next, Dr. Hervas points a special light at the resin, causing it to cure and harden. She repeats the same steps several times until your tooth is fully restored.
When the filling dries, Dr. Hervas assesses your bite and polishes your teeth. Then, she provides care instructions. Most people are in and out of the office within 45-60 minutes.
At My Dentist, Dr. Hervas offers composite resin fillings that harden immediately. Even so, avoid chewing with or biting down on your new filling for at least 24 hours. That gives the material plenty of time to bond to your tooth while reducing the risk of chips, cracks, and other damage.
After getting a dental filling, it’s normal to experience some increased sensitivity. In the days following the procedure, Dr. Hervas recommends:
If your bite feels off or your teeth continue to feel sensitive even after a few days, contact Dr. Hervas right away.
Composite fillings last 5-15* years, but it’s possible to extend their longevity by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Hervas recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting My Dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your fillings, avoid bad habits like nail biting, chewing on pen caps, or biting down on hard objects like ice cubes.
To explore the benefits of dental fillings, make an appointment at My Dentist by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.
*Individual results may vary.