Mark S. Castor, DDS -  - Dentist

Mark Castor, DDS

Dentist located in South Austin, Austin, TX

Fillings Specialist

For patients dealing with cavities, there are several options created to repair the tooth and provide long-lasting, natural-looking results. Dr. Castor can help patients from the Austin, TX area choose the best option for their personal cavity filling requirements.

Fillings Q & A

by Mark Castor, DDS

What is a Filling? 

To repair a tooth which has been corrupted by decay a cavity filling is used. This returns normal function and shape to the tooth. Once decayed tooth material has been removed, the dentist will clean the affected area of any debris and install a filling. There are several types of filling materials. A filling can also assist with preventing additional decay.

What Types of Fillings Are There?

Depending on the extent of the damage, whether the person is allergic to any materials, where in the person’s mouth the filling is needed, and the cost of the material, patients may choose one of many filling materials such as:

  • Gold fillings and inlays are accepted by gum tissues very well and can last upwards of 20 years. Several experts believe gold is the best filling material. However, it is typically the costliest and requires multiple visits to the dentist.
  • Silver Amalgam fillings oppose wear and are comparatively low-priced. However, they are more visible and are not normally used in observable regions such as the front teeth. An amalgam filling can be an alloy of silver, copper, mercury, tin and sometimes zinc.
  • Composite resins are color-matched to teeth and are commissioned when a natural look is preferred. Composites may not be the best for large fillings since they can chip and wear after some time. They can also stain and typically last from 3 to 10 years.
  • Porcelain fillings are known as inlays or onlays. They are custom made in a laboratory and then adhered to teeth. They can also be color-matched and oppose staining. A porcelain filling will cover the majority of the tooth and they have a similar cost as gold.

What Happens When I Get a Filling? 

If the dentist needs to fill a cavity, he will help patients choose the best material and will usually be able to fill the cavity on the same day. Any discomfort experienced should be minimal.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

For more information, please call our office. 

Cigna
Delta Dental
Humana
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr.Castor and staff have been incredible in taking care of me. I would recommend him to all my friends and family."

    Vic G.
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    "I gotta say I love Dr. Castor, his whole office, and the brave work they do on people like mine's neglected teeth."

    Bradly S.
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    "Mark is one of the best of the best I have found in Texas, and I would recommend my friends and family to him."

    Ted G.
  • RateABiz

    "This was my first visit with Dr Castor and it went very well. Laurie was an experienced tech and went ahead with images & a cleaning...I highly recommend them..."

    Matt G.
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    "Dr. Castor and Sylvia, his assistant, make a great team. I trust them to take care of me. I have known Dr. Castor for many years. He is an excellent dentist..."

    Amy C.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor has been my dentist ever since. Great people workmen there, easy to get to location. I ENJOY going to the dentist now, really!"

    Lara N.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor's team is always extremely friendly, professional and make going to the dentist "almost" enjoyable! Would definitely recommend his services!"

    Laura S.
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    "Everyone there is both professional and personable. They honestly do seem to care about each patient. Fabulous!"

    Katherine S.
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    "Dr. Castor and Tawana both worked very hard to make me feel comfortable and took great care with fitting my crown. I could tell this team is a family!"

    Vaundee A.
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    "Always great service. Never have to wait more than several minutes to be called. Always quick, thorough, and professional...Great friendly, and professional staff"

    Carol P.
Location
Mark S. Castor, DDS
1221 West Ben White Boulevard , Suite 207A
South Austin

Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-504-7570
Fax: 512-441-7632
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Get in touch

melanie@castordds.com
512-504-7570

Mark Castor, DDS
1221 West Ben White Boulevard
Suite 207A
Austin, TX 78704