How A Composite Filling Matches Healthy Tooth Enamel

man happy with smileA dental filling restores a tooth by covering the portion of your enamel where your dentist removed a cavity. You will need this protection permanently, as your tooth will not recover from this harm. At our Mansfield, TX dentist’s office, patients receive composite dental fillings that closely imitate teeth. Because we use these restorations at our practice, patients walk away from treatment still confident in their appearance. In addition to protecting you against physical damage and infection, your composite resin will protect the tooth so that you have no problems using it to bite and chew food. It is sometimes necessary to do more than just place a filling to address a cavity. In this scenario, we can provide root canal therapy and a dental crown to make sure your tooth is safe and healthy after treatment!

Restoring Your Tooth With A Discreet Composite Filling

Dental fillings made from a lifelike composite material protect your enamel and also preserve your appearance. Before you receive your filling, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth. This has to happen because a cavity will keep spreading and damaging more of your enamel without the appropriate treatment. Your restoration “fills” this treated area, closing it to protect against bacteria and structural damage.

How Fillings Provide Long-Term Protection

When a composite filling is placed, it will harden in its position to seal the tooth and support it. While lifelike fillings are popular because they make treatment without changing your appearance possible, they do provide meaningful protection. Your bite function should not change after your procedure. Maintaining a natural bite helps you evenly distribute pressure among your teeth, and it will reduce your risk for experiencing TMJ disorder.

Other Solutions For Problems With Dental Decay

Advanced tooth decay makes more involved restorative dental work necessary. If your tooth becomes infected by a larger and more destructive cavity, root canal therapy will need to take place. The root canal removes harmful tissues from within the tooth to stop discomfort, prevent complications, and effectively save the tooth from being lost. When this procedure is needed, more than a filling will be required to fully restore your tooth. Dental crowns provide more protection by completely covering teeth, sealing them to keep bacteria out while protecting them against pressure generated by biting and chewing.

Talk To Your Mansfield, TX Dentist About Receiving A Composite Filling

Your dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX is ready to take care of you when a cavity forms. Through the placement of a composite filling, your tooth is protected from harm while its appearance is preserved. To learn more about what we can do to help prevent or address decay, or to discuss our cosmetic services, reach out to Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227.