Dental Fillings

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When a cavity (tooth decay) is detected, the infected tooth can be restored to health by removing the decay and using a filling material. This is known as a dental filling. The damage caused by the decay will be removed and replaced with state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain material. By blocking off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent future decay.

Receiving a Filling

  • The area will be numbed with a local anesthetic and the tooth prepared.
  • A dental drill will be used to remove the decay.
  • Bacteria and debris will be removed from the area.
  • The filling material will be placed.
  • A special light will be used to harden tooth-colored fillings.
  • The filling material will be trimmed and filed of any rough edges, then polished.
  • It usually takes a couple hours for the numbness to completely wear off.

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial to caring for your restored tooth.

David R. Lewis DDS

  • David R. Lewis DDS - 14603 Huebner Rd. Suite 3501, San Antonio, TX 78230 Phone: 210-344-5754 Fax: 210-377-2034

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