Fillings Specialist

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Corpus Christi, TX

When you have a cavity and need a repair, turn to the skilled team at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Composite fillings blend in with your natural teeth and fortify your bite. Many men, women, and children benefit from the latest advances in cavity repair and trust their dental care to Dr. Gonzales and his team. To learn more about fillings, call the office or use the online scheduler to book now.

Fillings Q & A

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

What is a composite filling?

A composite filling is a tooth-colored filling that’s made from a combination of glass and hard plastic. They work well for all your teeth, but are especially beneficial for front-facing teeth that show when you smile.

With proper care, composite fillings last for many years. However, they’re not permanent solutions for cracks or decays. Someday, your composite fillings will need to be replaced.

What are the reasons to get a composite filling?

Common cases when you’ll need a composite filling include:

  • Worn tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Decayed tooth
  • Bonding between two teeth
  • Gum-line decay

Composite fillings are built up in layers in your tooth, which typically means less drilling and loss of your natural tooth.

How do I know if I have a cavity and need a composite filling?

Simply put, a cavity is tooth decay. Most often, tooth decay occurs as a result of poor diet and poor oral hygiene.

Cavities are the number one reason most people seek care from a dentist. If left untreated, cavities can lead to pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss. Some common ways to detect if you have a dental cavity include:

  • Toothache
  • Hot or cold sensitivity
  • Bad taste
  • Foul odor
  • Dark or black areas on the tooth
  • Pus

Unfortunately, you can have a cavity and not know it. Cavities that progress can wreak havoc on your smile. That’s why it’s so important to make a habit of regular dental checkups and cleanings.

How are composite fillings placed?

Dr. Kenneth Gonzales usually places your composite filling in only one appointment. First, he numbs your tooth and helps you get into a comfortable position. He removes all the decayed matter from the cavity, thoroughly cleans the area, and preps it for the filling.

If the decay is advanced or near a nerve, he may use a small drop of medication to prevent pain and problems. Then he places the composite material into the tooth’s opening and shapes, smoothes, and polishes it.

Composite fillings are especially good for bonding to your tooth, which provides extra support for many years of use.

Composite fillings are the treatment of choice for most men and women. Call the office of Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment for an evaluation today.