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Tooth Fillings

Composite Resin Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth Fillings  in Laredo, TX

Do you think you need a tooth filling? At Davenport Dental Group, this is one of our most routinely performed services. Let’s talk about why you might need a filling, the types of tooth fillings we offer, how one is placed, and how to prevent the need for a filling in the future.

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Why You Might Need A Tooth Filling

Tooth fillings are needed when a cavity occurs. A cavity is a small area of decay in the tooth. We can use special cavity detecting techniques to locate tiny cavities and fill them before they become larger areas of decay. Larger areas of decay require larger restorations, such as a crown. To prevent the need for more expensive restorations, have a cavity filled while it is still small.

Regular dental visits are important in helping locate and treat cavities while they are still small. If it has been longer than six months since you have seen a dentist, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to check your teeth for signs of decay and treat any problems that may exist.

Amalgam Vs. Composite Resin Fillings

As far as the filling itself goes, there are a couple different options. While the traditional material used for tooth fillings is amalgam, we primarily use composite resin fillings here in our Laredo, TX dental office. Amalgam (metal) fillings are strong but unsightly, and some people have allergies to the metal. Composite fillings offer a still durable but aesthetically appealing and allergen-free alternative.

We use composite tooth fillings 99% of the time. Because they are tooth colored, they blend right in with your natural smile. If you have been dreading getting a filling because of the way it will look, you don’t have to worry. Our composite resin fillings will repair your cavity as well as preserve the natural appearance of your smile.

How A Tooth Filling Is Placed

Composite fillings are placed by first cleaning the decayed material from the cavity. We then flow in the composite material and shape it to fit the cavity. Next, we harden the material using a special light and finally polish it to perfection. This process is fairly quick and painless, and it produces excellent results.

How To Prevent Cavities

To prevent the need for fillings in the future, we offer a variety of preventive dental services. These services are designed to protect your teeth against decay-causing substances. We offer dental sealants, which are painted onto your teeth and act as a barrier between the surface of your tooth and bacteria. We also offer nutritional counseling so that you can learn more about what you should be feeding your family to help prevent dental problems. Learn more about these options by visiting our page on general dentistry.

Schedule An Appointment

Contact our team directly to schedule an appointment . You can reach us by calling our Junction Drive location at 956-242-6745 or our Winfield location at 956-517-2695. You can also send us a message using our online contact form. We will be happy to help you find a date and time that works well with your personal schedule!

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