Will A Filling Stop My Toothache?

If you have a toothache, especially if the pain continues after 48 hours, then you likely have a cavity. Without treatment, this cavity could mean increased pain and even the risk of an infection. In order to help protect your smile and stop the discomfort, your El Paso, TX, will provide a filling. But how does a filling stop a toothache?

Cavities and Aching Teeth

How do cavities cause teeth to hurt? A cavity forms when bacteria is able to access the layers of dentin within your tooth. Dentin is sensitive and porous, and typically protected by the outer layer of tooth enamel. However, poor oral hygiene could weaken and erode the enamel, and an injury, such as a crack or chip, could compromise it. As a cavity forms, you may begin to experience tooth sensitivity, especially when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks. In addition, your teeth could begin to ache. If the pain persists after 48 hours, then you need to see your dentist right away.

Treatment with Dental Fillings

We will examine your smile and identify the presence of a cavity. Next, we need to remove the decay from the tooth and clean it. We may also etch the surface of the tooth. We then prepare the filling material. Instead of metal, we use a special blend of glass and acrylic compounds known as composite resin. We apply the material in several layers, the etched portions keeping the material in place as we cure it under a light. During the curing process, our team will sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the cured tooth to ensure a more esthetically-pleasing appearance.

Benefits of Composite Resin

First, the restoration halts the cavity, stopping discomfort and preventing the onset of a painful infection. Next, the material is metal-free, which means it’s safe for pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those with metal allergies. The composite resin material can also be shaded to match the color of your tooth, providing a restoration that looks completely natural. Your restoration can last for many years to come, protecting your tooth from further decay or infection. If you have pain in or around one of your teeth, then please let us know. If we find cavities, then we can offer a lifelike and durable solution in just one visit. If you have any other questions or concerns, then let us know!


Our Sunny Smiles team can treat both minor and severe tooth decay with a unique, lifelike restoration. Don’t let tooth decay cause discomfort or an increased risk of infection, talk to us about our fillings. To learn more about our dental fillings, please call our East El Paso location on N. Zaragoza Road at 915-849-9000!