Are your teeth in need of restoration from cavities or decay? At All Smiles Dentistry, we offer state-of-the-art dental fillings to help our patients restore their teeth and prevent damage from tooth decay and dental abscesses. Dental fillings are the most common, cost-effective, and conservative treatment for removing destructive tooth decay from your mouth before decay spreads and destroys your teeth.
In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth-colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to optimize the size, color, and shape of teeth. Using a variety of safe, amalgam-free dental filling materials, our team offers the best dental fillings services near Allen, TX and beyond! Our tooth-colored fillings are always designed to match the appearance of your natural tooth structure.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria that live in your mouth and forms plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can form overnight. Plaque attaches to the teeth and, when left untreated, can cause holes to start forming in the teeth in hard-to-reach places that are sometimes hard to see without an x-ray.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of every 4 Americans has untreated tooth decay. Tooth decay is a progressive disease with very subtle symptoms, if any until it is very advanced. If not treated tooth decay ultimately results in tooth loss. Fortunately, we have a treatment for tooth decay that is successful at stopping tooth decay if treated early enough. Unfortunately, if the disease is not caught early enough, treatment is less predictable and more expensive. It is important to catch tooth decay early so you can have it treated with a dental filling.
Treating Tooth Decay with Dental Fillings
The part of the tooth that has become infected with bacteria will become soft and dark underneath the enamel. Once we locate the tooth decay, that softened, dark, infected part of the tooth must be removed, along with the bacteria. Then, a dental filling may be placed to restore the missing, infection portion of the tooth. Once the infected portion of the tooth is removed, a dental filling may be placed in the tooth to restore the missing part of the tooth.
We will always carefully numb the tooth before your dental filling treatment begins, so your dental filling placement is as comfortable as possible!
What Type of Dental Filling Do I Need?
At All Smiles Dentistry, our fillings are always crafted with the safest, amalgam-free dental materials. They are designed to last for many years to come!
We offer several different types of filling material, designed to accommodate a wide range of patient needs and circumstances. At your appointment, Dr. Mentesana will discuss the options with you so you can select the best filling material for your health and esthetic goals!
How Can I Check for Tooth Decay at Home?
At All Smiles Dentistry, we recommend our patients visit the dentist for a preventive checkup at least twice a year to screen for tooth decay and perform a thorough cleaning. At your checkup, our skilled team will take a set of x-rays to examine the areas between the teeth and we will perform a thorough assessment to check for signs of tooth decay.
If you're checking for tooth decay at home, carefully look at your teeth at the gum line and in the grooves on the chewing surface of your teeth. Teeth should be off-white to white in color — if you see something dark, call All Smiles Dentistry to make an appointment for a preventive checkup.
Schedule Your Dental Filling Appointment
At All Smiles Dentistry, our cost-effective, tooth-colored dental fillings are designed to save your teeth and restore your natural smile. Don't let tooth decay severely damage or ruin your teeth — call our office today to schedule your dental filling appointment!