Cavity 
Fillings 

Dental cavities are the most common oral health problem worldwide. A vast majority of the world’s population will develop one or more cavities in their lifetimes. If you develop a cavity, it is necessary to have it filled by your dentist. Learn more about cavity fillings below.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in your tooth that is caused by tooth decay. If not treated, cavities can cause tooth loss, painful toothaches, or infections. If you have a cavity, we’ll get rid of the decay and fill it to protect your tooth.

How do you tell if you have a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in your tooth that is caused by tooth decay. If not treated, cavities can cause tooth loss, painful toothaches, or infections. If you have a cavity, we’ll get rid of the decay and fill it to protect your tooth.

However, if you are experiencing any of the following warning signs, you should contact us:

• Pain while chewing, especially if the pain is in a certain tooth

• Sensitivity to cold and/or hot foods

• Chips/cracks on teeth

• Dark areas on teeth

• Bad breath

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What happens after you get a filling?

Be sure to maintain regular teeth cleaning appointments. Use a fluoride toothpaste (at least twice a day) to protect your teeth from further damage. Floss your teeth at least once daily.

Note: Right after your filling, your teeth may be more sensitive to air, pressure, sweet foods, and temperature. This sensitivity should go away after a few weeks. Call us if the feeling does not go away after 2-4 weeks. You may need to start using a desensitizing toothpaste or have a root canal.

Call us if you notice a crack in your new filling or if you feel a sharp edge from the cavity. This can happen from chewing or clenching/grinding your teeth.

How do you prevent cavities?

You can prevent cavities by taking care of your teeth. This includes:

• Brushing your teeth regularly (especially after eating and before bed)

• Using a fluoride toothpaste or rinse for extra protection

• Avoiding too much sugar/carbs/sticky food (and brushing your teeth immediately after eating any of these)

• Avoiding tobacco/cigarettes

• Not drinking excessively

If you think you may have a cavity, you need to be sure to have it treated right away. Contact us at Dental Innovations Katy to make an appointment.

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