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A cavity can impact the function and appearance of your tooth and leave you at risk for further decay.

After decayed tissue has been removed, a dental filling can restore the strength and functionality of a tooth.

If you have a cavity, Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry serving Spring, TX, can help restore your oral health with a dental filling.

What Are Fillings?

Fillings are used to repair cavities. For extensive decay, another restorative treatment such as an inlay, onlay, or dental crown may be a better option. We can also use dental bonding for more cosmetic concerns.

A cavity is a hole in a tooth that causes pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Our dentists can remove the affected tissue and fill the tooth, restoring its appearance and functionality.

Types of Material Used in Fillings

There are several types of fillings used to treat cavities. Common types include:

Composite Fillings

Composite filling in tooth

Composite fillings are made from a tooth-colored resin material. This type of filling is a great option for patients who want a natural-looking finish, or for those who are sensitive or allergic to metal.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam filling in tooth

Amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals. Amalgam is generally less expensive than composite material but is more noticeable.

Is Amalgam Safe?


For most people. Because amalgam fillings contain mercury, patients often ask if it is safe. According to the FDA, exposure to mercury from dental amalgam will not lead to adverse effects in most people; however, certain groups of people such as those with neurological problems, those who are pregnant or nursing, and young children may experience effects. Ask your dentist if you or your child would be a better candidate for composite fillings.

The Dental Filling Process

Regular dental visits can help your dentist catch a cavity before the damage becomes extensive. If your dentist has identified a decayed tooth, they will recommend that we treat it as soon as possible. Our dental offices in Cypresswood and Auburn Lakes also offer free consultations to patients throughout the Spring, TX, area who believe they may have a cavity.
After decayed tissue has been removed, a dental filling can restore the strength and functionality of a tooth.
After decayed tissue has been removed, a dental filling can restore the strength and functionality of a tooth.


To begin treatment, the area is numbed using a local anesthetic, so you are completely comfortable. For those with dental anxiety or patients needing a higher level of comfort, we offer sedation options to keep you relaxed during treatment.

Decay Removal

Tooth decay and damaged tissue are removed by your dentist. Because the area is numbed, this process is virtually painless.


Your dentist will fill the tooth using composite resin, amalgam, or another material. This material is hardened and bonded to the tooth structure.


Your dentist will ensure your filling is shaped correctly for a natural bite. Adjustments are made for the proper function of the tooth. 


Your mouth may be numb for a few hours due to the anesthetic. After treatment, your dentist may suggest you wait a few hours to eat or drink because you may be numb and a little sore.

Maintaining Your Restored Smile


Maintaining your restored tooth is easy. Simply floss once a day and brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. While good oral hygiene is critical for cavity prevention and good oral health, your dentist may also suggest a fluoride treatment or dental sealant to further prevent cavities and decay.

Paying for Your Dental Filling

The cost of this treatment varies based on the number of fillings needed and the material used. We accept most insurance providers at our dental practice serving Spring, TX, and beyond, which can reduce or even eliminate your out-of-pocket costs. For those without insurance, we offer affordable financing options.

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Drs. Stephens, Gatewood, Pagano, and Swann

Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry

Drs. Stephens, Gatewood, Pagano, and Swann offer top-of-the-line dentistry for you and your entire family. Our experienced team is affiliated with a number of prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The National Dental Honor Society
  • CEREC Doctors

Patients in the greater Houston region can enjoy free consultations at our practices in Cypresswood and Auburn Lakes. Request your consultation by filling out our online form or calling (832) 847-6838

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