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Dental Fillings in West Austin

Dentist with patient on chairWhile no one likes to be told they need a filling, incredible advancements have been made in treating cavities over the years. Gone are the days of painful time-consuming cavity treatments.

At Carr & Smith Dental, patients can receive a filling in just one visit without feeling any pain.

What Are Fillings?

Fillings are restorations that repair and rebuild teeth that have been harmed by cavities. After removing the damaged portion of the tooth, the filling seals out bacteria and protects the tooth so that it can function normally.

Choices in Restorative Materials

Materials used for fillings may include composite (white fillings) or amalgam (silver fillings.) White fillings are more aesthetically pleasing and generally less invasive. Silver fillings are useful for large cavities where cost is a concern.

During a patient’s examination, Dr. Smith will discuss options with them so that the patient can make an educated decision about their filling material.

Amalgam fillings, although they have a longer life, are less attractive and tend to expand with age, causing the tooth to weaken and often crack. When cost is a concern, silver fillings are generally less expensive.

Composite fillings are attractive, affordable, and they tend to strengthen weak teeth. In the office, the dentist often suggests these “white” fillings as they’re nearly indistinguishable from one’s natural tooth.

Learn More Today

The earlier the dentist repairs a patient’s cavities, the smaller and more affordable the filling will be. Call the practice today!

Dental Fillings West Austin, Northwest Hills, 78731 TX | (512) 345-0399