Are you ready to restore the appearance of your teeth and improve your mouth’s chewing performance? Alamo Ranch Dental Care offers long-lasting, durable cavity fillings as part of our general dentistry services in San Antonio, TX. In short, we can help you replace the part of your tooth that went through damage either by decay or an accident.
What is a Cavity Filling?
Cavity fillings are artificial substances used to fill in the holes or gaps in the enamel of decayed, broken or damaged teeth. Dental fillings restore the shape and stability of your tooth to make it easier for you to chew and prevent further damage, decay, and loss of the tooth.
We use fillings to treat tooth decay or teeth that have suffered cracks, breaks, or excessive wear.
Do You Need Cavity Fillings?
Cavity fillings are most often used to repair cavities, which are spots of tooth decay caused by oral bacteria. We can remove the decayed material from your tooth and repair the hole with a filling material. This stops the decay from progressing any further, and it also keeps the tooth strong and resistant to damage such as cracks and chips.
Some signs you may have a cavity that requires tooth fillings in San Antonio TX include:
- A constant, dull toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods
- The appearance of a black or brown spot on the surface of your tooth
- Sharp pain when biting down on a particular tooth
- Bad breath that does not go away with brushing
Sometimes you need fillings to address problems other than cavities. If you chip a tooth, we may recommend a filling to repair the chip. Some patients who grind their teeth eventually wear down their enamel to the point that a dental filling is needed to prevent further damage. Biting your nails and using your teeth to open packages may also cause enamel wear and chips that we would need to fix with a filling.