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Filling the Gap: A Comprehensive Overview of Dental Fillings

Welcome to Rolling Oaks Dental, where Dr. Larry Dougherty and his team are dedicated to providing top-notch dental care, including dental fillings, in Garden Ridge, TX. Cavities are a common dental issue that, if left untreated, can lead to serious oral health problems. Fortunately, tooth-colored dental fillings provide an effective solution for restoring teeth.

How do I know if I have a cavity?

Cavities, or dental caries, often present symptoms such as tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, visible holes or pits in your teeth, pain when biting down, or persistent toothaches. Sometimes, cavities can develop without noticeable symptoms, which is why regular dental check-ups are crucial for early detection. Dr. Dougherty can identify cavities early during your routine dental exams, ensuring timely and effective treatment with tooth-colored fillings.

What are white tooth-colored fillings made of?

White tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made from a mixture of plastic resin and finely ground glass particles. This material is designed to match the natural color of your teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing and discreet solution compared to traditional metal fillings. Composite fillings are not only durable but also bond well with the natural tooth structure, offering a strong and long-lasting restoration. Dr. Dougherty prefers using tooth-colored fillings for their cosmetic and functional benefits.

Does getting a filling hurt?

The process of getting a filling is generally painless, thanks to modern dental techniques and local anesthesia. We will numb the area around the affected tooth to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. You may feel slight pressure or vibrations as the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the filling is placed. After the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some minor sensitivity, which usually subsides within a few days. Our team is committed to making your experience as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

What should I do if I suspect I have a cavity?

If you suspect you have a cavity, it’s important to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment can prevent the cavity from worsening and requiring more extensive treatment, such as a root canal or extraction. During your visit, Dr. Dougherty will examine your teeth, take any necessary X-rays, and discuss the best treatment options. Promptly addressing cavities can help preserve your oral health and prevent more serious dental issues in the future.

Call For An Appointment!

If you have more questions about dental fillings or need to schedule an appointment, contact Rolling Oaks Dental in Garden Ridge, TX. Dr. Dougherty and his team are here to provide you with expert dental care and ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful. Call us at (210) 880-2229 to learn more about our services and book your appointment today. Let us help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health with our professional and compassionate care.

Larry Dougherty, DDS near me

Larry Dougherty, DDS

Larry Dougherty, DDS, is the lead dentist at Rolling Oaks Dental and specializes in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Dougherty earned his Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry for two years.