What’s the Point of Filling a Cavity?

At some point in their lives, most people will experience a cavity at least once. The product of tooth decay – an infection in your tooth caused by harmful oral bacteria – cavities are a danger to your smile for many reasons. The longer you leave one untreated, the more damage it can do to your tooth. At our Southlake, TX, dental office, we may be able to restore your tooth and help it recover from a cavity by filling it with tooth-colored composite resin. In addition to removing the infection from your tooth, filling the cavity will also restore its strength and integrity, improving your chances of preserving the tooth for life.

Why the cavity’s a threat

When a cavity first develops, it’s small and the level of discomfort it causes may not seem severe. However, it doesn’t take long for the infection in your tooth to grow more severe once a cavity has developed, and the worse it gets, the more of your healthy tooth structure it destroys. Severe cases of tooth decay can require extensive treatment such as root canal therapy or, in extreme cases, tooth extraction and replacement. However, filling your cavity in its earliest stages will help you avoid the need for such treatment.

The purpose of a dental filling

The point of a tooth filling is two-fold. First, your dentist will carefully remove any traces of oral bacteria and infected tooth structure from within the cavity. This will ensure that the decay does not continue to grow worse after the cavity has been filled. Then, filling the cavity with composite resin will restore the tooth’s strength, integrity, and ability to function properly. Because your tooth won’t grow back the structure that it lost to the decay, a biocompatible filling is the only way to restore that structure and prevent your tooth from suffering more damage in its weakened state.

How to make a filling tooth-colored

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a highly biocompatible mixture of acrylic and quartz-like particles. The resin can be tinted to match your tooth’s specific color and shade, then placed into the cavity, where it will conform precisely to the cavity’s shape. After it’s been placed, we’ll harden the resin to ensure that it’s durable and effective enough to restore your tooth and repel harmful, decay-causing oral bacteria in the future.

Don’t hesitate to fill your cavity

The point of filling a cavity is stop it from growing larger. If you wait too long, then you might need more involved treatment to save your tooth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities.