Mansfield, TX, dentist offers fillings to repair cavity

In our recent blogs, we have discussed several ways that your smile can be restored after harm. Whether you have a severely decayed tooth, or have cracked one, there is a way to repair it to keep the natural structure intact. Mild cavities are another common problem that patients face which can be repaired. Today, your Mansfield, TX, dentist is here to explain when you may need this.

What Are Fillings?

Dental fillings are a restoration used to repair the tooth after a cavity. Essentially, when you have decay, the damaged area will be removed, cleaned, and filled. During your twice-yearly checkups, your dentist will look for signs of cavities. If one is detected, this restoration may be recommended.  This helps stop the progression of decay and restores your teeth. There are many materials that can be used for this treatment, but we use composite resin in our office. This can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as bonding to cover blemishes on the surface of your pearly whites. This material is durable, easily bondable, and discreet. Other materials commonly used may include amalgam, gold, or porcelain. These can stand out against your pearly whites and may not offer the same advantages as composite resin.

When Is This Restoration Necessary?

Every six months, you will visit your dentist for a checkup. This appointment will include a cleaning and examination to check for decay, gum disease, and other potential concerns. Your dentist may notice signs of decay if the area is more sensitive, or has a change in texture, or color. Cavities can also be noticed during X-rays. If there are signs of decay, improved oral hygiene can help reverse the problem. However, if a cavity has already formed, your dentist will likely recommend a filling. It is important to see your dentist twice a year because cavities can often go unnoticed for long periods and develop into more severe ones, which will require more invasive restorations. Without regular checkups, you may not notice there is a problem until a toothache begins.

How Long Can I Wait?

Usually, fillings are done in an appointment separate from your cleaning. You should schedule this restoration as soon as you are able to prevent the decay from worsening. If the problem is ignored, you may need root canal treatment in the future. This is required if the cavity enters the pulp of your dental structure, which contains nerves and blood vessels. During a root canal, the damaged tissue is taken out and the area is filled. In more severe cases, extraction may be required instead.

Schedule Your Restoration Today

If you have a cavity, do not put off treatment. You can schedule an appointment for a filling today by calling Mansfield Dental in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.