Save Your Smile with a Tooth Filling

When tooth decay sets in, it leaves an ever-growing hole in your tooth called a cavity. Treating the cavity means cleaning away the bacteria and infection to stop it from spreading, then restoring the tooth by filling the cavity. For optimal restorative and cosmetic results, Dr. Schmidt places composite resin and ceramic fillings, both of which blend in by matching your tooth’s appearance.

Why Tooth Fillings Work

Placing a filling inside of a tooth’s cavity serves multiple purposes. Because the tooth has lost some of its structure, it is weaker and more liable to break. A dental filling restores the tooth’s strength so it can continue to withstand your bite’s pressure without suffering further damage.

Also, a cavity leaves a tooth vulnerable to further tooth decay even after the infection has been cleared. Oral bacteria that cause tooth decay can re-enter the tooth’s interior and lead to re-infection. A dental filling closes and seals the vulnerable cavity to prevent bacteria from reaching it.

The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings can be crafted from composite resin or dental ceramic, which offer several advantages over traditional metal fillings. Besides the esthetic benefit of blending in naturally with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings also:

  • Conform better to the shape of a cavity
  • Do not expand or contract with changes in temperature
  • Create less friction against opposing teeth
  • Can be bonded to the tooth to create a tighter, more effective seal

Call The Austin Dentist Today!

At The Austin Dentist, our philosophy is to provide the gift of service to everyone, and to create rewarding, lasting friendships with all of our patients. We offer a comprehensive list of dental health services in a beautiful environment, where you can receive the care you need from an intelligent, cheerful, patient-centered team. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX today by calling (512) 328-1500.