Composite Dental Fillings
In the presence of food (mainly sugar), bacteria (caries) starts to eat away at the first layer of the tooth structure called the enamel. Once the bacteria makes its way through the enamel, it gets into the middle layer of the tooth called the Dentin. Dentin is a much softer part of the tooth compared to enamel; therefore, bacteria eats away at dentin at a much faster pace.
A cavity is formed once the bacteria (caries) gets into the dentin layer, at which point a dental filling is needed. The process of removing and cleaning bacteria from the tooth structure (enamel and dentin) and replacing it with a dental, biocompatible material (dental restoration) is known as a filling. There are multiple types of dental filling materials; the most common is a resin composite filling that is commonly known as a tooth-colored or white filling.
Tooth Colored Fillings in Austin & Dripping Springs, TX
Dental fillings prevent bacteria and cavities from going further into the tooth structure and causing pain. The deepest layer of the tooth structure is the pulp, which is the nerve of the tooth. When a cavity reaches the pulp, it starts to cause tooth pain. Dental fillings are generally done before bacteria reach the pulp (nerve).
Belterra Dental offers the best dental fillings in Austin, Texas. While our dental office is located in Austin, we offer composite dental fillings for patients in Dripping Springs, Cedar Valley, Oak Hill, Sunset Valley, and the surrounding Texas areas. To learn more about our dental fillings or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today or give our office a call at (512) 646-4022.