Tooth Fillings: A Quick Refresher

If you have good genes and excellent brushing and flossing habits you might not have to think too often about tooth colored fillings in Conroe, TX. All the more reason for this quick refresher of tooth fillings and what they can mean for your smile, your pocketbook and your overall health. Tooth fillings are the fix dentists use to repair a cavity and restore a tooth to health. While good home care helps prevent cavities, there is no guarantee (and in fact, it is unlikely) that you and your family will remain cavity free for a lifetime.

Tooth Fillings and Your Smile

Bacteria is always present in our mouth, and when it builds up or gets into nooks and crannies, the bacteria can multiply and form acids that eat away at tooth enamel. When this protective layer is breached, infection can set it, and only a visit to your trusted dental office can clean and disinfect the area, and then seal it with a tooth colored filling. By using a tooth colored product, not only is your smile restored to health, but the filled area is virtually invisible to others.

Tooth Fillings and Your Pocketbook

Placing a filling in a compromised tooth is considered a restorative procedure, and as such is covered by many dental insurance plans. While it is still far more economical to prevent a cavity in the first place, once a cavity gets started, a filling is the only option to address it. Waiting to address the issue is likely to add more expense, as placing a filling takes longer and gets more complex and the cavity grows. In some cases, very large cavities can compromise the tooth to the point that a crown must be placed or a root canal treatment must be performed. Our knowledgeable staff can help you evaluate financing and payment options, and we will file your dental insurance for you, if you prefer.

Tooth Fillings and Your Overall Health

Maybe you think you can handle a little tooth pain, and that the infection will stay localized until you are ready to do something about it. Unfortunately, the infection in your tooth will continue to spread, and eventually will enter the pulp chamber at the center of the tooth, where blood circulates and nerves are housed.  Not only will pain become increasingly severe, but infection can be exchanged into the bloodstream. These infection elements have been linked to increases in heart disease, blood pressure, diabetes complications, pregnancy issues and more.

You Can Never Know Too Much About Tooth Fillings

We hope you never need a tooth colored filling, but we’ll discuss them at any visit, at the time of need, or just to share information. Come in for a visit in Conroe, TX by scheduling a visit with the Dental Centre of Conroe by calling (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and the neighboring communities.