Dental Fillings

Fillings in San Antonio and Stone Oak, TX

When you develop a toothache, you should see a dentist near you as soon as you can. Most toothaches are the result of decay damage to teeth, and the decay can spread unless treated. Dr. Shah at Hardy Oak Family Dentistry can treat teeth by removing decay and using fillings to restore their function and strength.

Choosing a Filling

When a cavity requires a filling, there are several options from which to choose. Filling materials include:

  • Composite resin
  • Porcelain
  • Gold or silver
  • Glass ionomer

Although you may not mind having a filling that stands out when you laugh or smile, many people want them to blend in with their teeth. Porcelain, composite resin, and glass ionomer are white, so they blend in well with the natural color of teeth.

Selection Based on Strength

Along with choosing fillings near you based on their color, Dr. Shah at Hardy Oak Family Dentistry will help you select the strongest material for your needs. If a premolar or molar needs filling, it needs to be a strong material to survive the chewing. Canine teeth also need strong materials as they tear food when you bite into it. However, other front-facing teeth don’t require materials that strong.

Gold is another strong material that a dentist in San Antonio and San Antonio and Stone Oak, TX may recommend, but it can be expensive. However, if you have a back tooth that needs a filling, it is a good choice as it can last about 20 years. Other materials like glass ionomer, composite resin, and porcelain can crack or break under frequent use, such as chewing.

If you suspect you have cavities, contact Hardy Oak Family Dentistry for an appointment with Dr. Shah. Our staff will make sure your tooth is as good as new when you leave our offices after the procedure.