Filling Cavities to Save Teeth
Cavities are a progressive issue caused by the development of tooth decay (a bacterial infection in your tooth structure). They develop as a result of the tooth structure that decay erodes, and restoring your tooth requires removing the infection as well as restoring the lost tooth structure. Tooth fillings are biocompatible materials that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after removing the harmful bacteria and infected tooth structure. The point of the restoration is to reestablish the tooth’s structural integrity as well as protect the exposed tooth structure from further infection. For optimal results, we offer a variety of filling types, each designed to address the most common concerns that arise from different types of cavities.
Different Types of Tooth Fillings
Metal amalgam fillings
Metal amalgam fillings have been around for over a century and they continue to offer optimal restorative results for teeth that absorb the most bite pressure. The metal is highly durable and conforms accurately to the shape of your cavity, and because of its durability, it can withstand the most intense bite pressure without becoming dislodged.
Tooth-colored fillings are crafted from tooth-colored composite resin or lifelike dental porcelain. Unlike metal fillings, they’re designed to blend in with the appearance of your natural tooth structure, which makes them more appropriate for more visible teeth. Though not as strong as metal fillings, tooth-colored ones can effectively withstand repeated bite pressure to offer optimal long-term protection for your tooth.
Save Your Tooth from a Cavity
Tooth fillings come in a variety of types to treat every patient’s unique cavity with optimal results. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Contemporary Dental in Bellaire, TX, today at 713-668-9119. We proudly welcome patients who live in Bellaire, Houston, West University/Southside Place, Southwest Houston, the Galleria area, and all surrounding communities.