Fillings

Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

Cavities can wreak havoc on your teeth and lead to serious decay or even tooth loss. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, pediatric dentist Danny Watts, DDS, and orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, provide fillings to treat cavities and restore the pristine health of your teeth. Filling procedures are quick and painless. To find out more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Fillings Q & A

What are fillings?

Fillings are dental restorations used to fill a hole, or cavity, in your tooth’s enamel. If holes in your enamel are left untreated for too long, harmful bacteria can reach the soft tissue inside your tooth and cause infection. 

There are different types of fillings made from different materials. Each offers different benefits and the team at Pediatric Dental Professionals can help you decide on the right filling material for you. They help you weigh factors such as your particular needs, preferences, and budget.

The most common reason for getting a filling is to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. 

How does a filling procedure work?

The process for getting a filling is simple, straightforward, and quick. It should only take one short visit to the office. 

First, the Pediatric Dental Professionals team numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. Next, they use a small drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to dig out all of the decay in your tooth.

Once your tooth is free of decay, they sterilize the hole and fills it with the selected filling material. The team then lets the material dry and uses the drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to properly shape your filling by shaving off any excess material.

The end result is a healthy tooth that’s sealed off from any further decay.

How long do fillings last?

On average, fillings should last you at least 5-8 years, if not longer. However, the lifespan of your filling depends on the type of material it’s made of and how well you care for it. 

The best way to care for your filling and ensure its longevity is to simply brush and floss it like you would the rest of your natural teeth.

You should remember though that your filling treated an area of your mouth that was clearly susceptible to tooth decay, so you should take extra care and effort to make sure that you’re properly brushing and flossing around the cavity you’ve had filled.

To learn more about your filling options and how the procedure works at Pediatric Dental Professionals, simply call the office or schedule a consultation online today.