It can be pretty disappointing to hear from your dentist that you need a dental filling, right? Especially if you know that you are doing your best to protect your smile from tooth decay. The good news about being told that you need a dental filling is that it means the decay is still in an early enough stage that your tooth can be saved. However, it is important that you heed the recommendation to get the filling. Ignoring tooth decay can result in needing a root canal treatment or worse, a necessary dental extraction. Your dental team in Mansfield, TX can help you decide the best course of action for your smile’s health. 

Stop Decay

A filling is typically done on a tooth that has been attacked by tooth decay to the point of causing a cavity (hole in the enamel). A filling can also be done on a tooth that is broken. Tooth decay is a progressive condition, which means it will continue to get worse until it is treated. Tooth decay will not just go away on its own. This means that if tooth decay has attacked your tooth to the point of a cavity, it will continue to attack your tooth. It could lead to pain, infection, inflammation, etc. A filling disinfects the tooth to remove the bacteria causing the decay. Disinfecting the tooth helps prevent against further decay and damage.

Restore Your Tooth

Not only does a filling disinfect your tooth, but it also allows your dentist to restore the enamel of your damaged tooth. Enamel does not heal on its own and it will not grow back after damage. Leaving a tooth with damaged enamel leaves it susceptible to further decay or damage. A composite filling restores the enamel with a tooth-like and tooth-colored material.

Have you been told you need a filling?

A dental filling can stop decay from destroying your tooth. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.