When people think of dentists, the most common term they think of is fillings. Fillings are essentially tooth-colored composite resin material used to restore the tooth after cavities are removed or to repair a chipped tooth. Cavities are the result of erosion caused by improper oral hygiene. Cavities are a silent disease, and we do not know we have them until it is too late. Some patients ask “Do fillings hurt?” Our answers have always been “The fillings procedure is routine and almost painless. Doing the fillings will not hurt; leaving the cavities alone without doing anything eventually will.” Sensitivity to temperature means a cavity has already reached the nerve, necessitating other procedures such as root canal or crown to save the tooth. Catching cavities before they become too big means going to your dentist regularly (twice a year) for a checkup. Do not wait until you start having pain. Schedule an appointment now to get your teeth checked at Missouri City Dentistry!