Navigating the Dental Filling Process at St. Clair Dental

Dental fillings are a common and essential procedure to restore teeth damaged by decay. Dr. Maureen Karl at St. Clair Dental, PLLC in Granbury, TX, expertly guides patients through this process. Let’s explore the step-by-step journey of getting dental fillings.

Understanding Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are materials used to restore the integrity and function of a decayed tooth. At St. Clair Dental, we offer Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings, which restore your teeth and maintain a natural look.

When Are Fillings Needed?

Fillings are typically required when a tooth develops a cavity due to decay. They are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down.

Step 1: Initial Consultation

Your journey begins with a comprehensive dental examination by Dr. Maureen Karl. This includes checking for signs of decay using various tools and possibly X-rays. If decay is detected, a filling is one of the recommended solutions.

Step 2: Preparing for the Filling

Local Anesthesia

To ensure comfort, local anesthesia is administered around the affected tooth to numb the area.

Removing Decay

Dr. Karl will carefully remove the decayed material from the tooth using specialized dental instruments. This step is crucial to prevent further deterioration and to prepare the tooth for the filling.

Step 3: Choosing the Filling Material

Various filling materials are available at St. Clair Dental, but composite resins are often preferred for their natural appearance. Dr. Karl will help you choose the best material based on the location of the cavity, the extent of decay, and aesthetic considerations.

Step 4: Placing the Filling

Once the tooth is prepared, the chosen filling material is applied in layers. With Composite Fillings, each layer is hardened using a special light. After the material is in place, Dr. Karl will shape and polish it to match the contour of your natural teeth.

Step 5: Post-Procedure Care

Immediate Care

After the filling procedure, you may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, which typically subsides quickly.

Long-Term Care

Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, are essential. Regular dental check-ups will also help ensure the longevity of your fillings.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings


Composite fillings are matched to the natural color of your teeth, offering a more aesthetic result than traditional silver amalgam fillings.


While composite fillings are durable and long-lasting, they may need to be replaced eventually. Their lifespan depends on the extent of the filling and your oral hygiene habits.

Supporting Tooth Structure

Composite fillings bond to the tooth structure, providing support and preventing breakage.

Complementary Dental Services

In addition to fillings, St. Clair Dental offers a range of services that can complement your oral health journey:

Trust Your Smile to St. Clair Dental

Choosing the right dental practice for your fillings is crucial. At St. Clair Dental, Dr. Maureen Karl combines advanced technology with a personalized approach to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. For a consultation or to learn more about our dental filling process, contact us at 817-910-2880. Let us help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!


  1. Journal of the American Dental Association: Current practices in dental fillings.
  2. Clinical research on the effectiveness of composite fillings.

Maureen Karl, DDS, FAGD
As a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2004, Dr. Maureen Karl continues to hone her craft through continuing education. Dental patients throughout the Granbury, TX area know they can rely on our practice for skilled dental care using the latest practices.