The Purpose of Fillings

fillingsYour teeth can become infected with tooth decay if a hole is worn in your enamel by bacterial acid. This decay can continue to penetrate your tooth down to your roots. You can fight this decay by brushing and flossing your teeth, and attending your regularly scheduled dental appointments. However, if a cavity does occur, we can remove the decay to stop its spread. We can then fill your tooth with a composite filling to preserve and protect your tooth.

What is a Composite Filling?

Fillings are one of the common treatments for infected teeth, though you may need root canal treatment if the decay has reached the roots of your teeth. If you have a cavity, we will remove all of the infected material, because if any is left, the infection will continue until it reaches your gums and jawbone. Tooth decay does not stop on its own; dentists must treat the tooth if it becomes infected.

Once the material has been removed, we will place the composite filling. Though there are many types of fillings, including gold, metal, and silver ones, composite fillings are commonly used because they can blend in with your natural teeth. These will also bond directly to your tooth to provide support. These fillings may not work on more severe cavities, in which case we may use an inlay or onlay instead.

How to Take Care of Your Filling

The best way to preserve your filling is by maintaining your dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. If you experience any discomfort after your tooth has finished healing, contact us as soon as possible.


With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.