Dental fillings restore teeth that are suffering from decay. Left untreated, patients can experience toothaches and tooth loss. Dental fillings seal the affected tooth while restoring its shape and functionality. The process is simple. We first remove the decay and clean the tooth. Next, the filling is inserted inside the tooth to completely seal the cavity.
What are the types of dental fillings?
Amalgam – This dental filling is silver. Some patients may not prefer amalgam because it darkens over time.
Composite – Composite fillings are natural in appearance because they are tooth-color matched. They can also be used to cover old amalgam fillings.
What are the signs of tooth decay?
A dental exam will confirm tooth decay but there are signs that you may notice. Toothache, sensitivity, holes, or pain when biting down are potential symptoms.
How does tooth decay occur?
Tooth decay can be a result of poor dental hygiene maintenance. It can also be due to the location of the tooth or poor dieting efforts. Your dental exam and consultation will help narrow the cause to avoid future oral issues. Schedule your appointment today.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is not painful. Some patients may notice tooth sensitivity afterwards which can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. The sensitivity should fade within a couple of days.
I am experiencing intense tooth pain. Is it a cavity?
Severe tooth pain could be a sign of a tooth infection. Bacteria may have infected the pulp which is causing the discomfort. Tooth or gum pain needs urgent care as it may require a root canal treatment. Do not delay in contacting us.
Another reason for your tooth pain could be due to a fracture. Take over-the-counter pain medication and contact us right away. A fractured tooth left untreated can cause a tooth infection.