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Identifying and addressing cavities early can prevent the need for more complex and costly dental procedures.
If cavities are found before there has been significant decay, the tooth can be restored with a filling.
Once a tooth has a cavity, the decay will continue to spread unless the decayed area is removed and the tooth is properly restored. Leaving cavities untreated can lead to the need for more significant restorative procedures such as crowns, bridges, root canals, or dental implants.
Tooth Colored Fillings
While metal (amalgam) fillings used to be common, tooth-colored composite material is now the most recommended filling material. The composite material blends in with the natural tooth and is less noticeable than a metal filling. The tooth-colored filling is not as affected by heat and cold as the metal fillings, so the patient is less likely to experience temperature-related sensitivity.
Another important reason composite fillings have replaced amalgam fillings is that they do not use mercury, which was present in metal fillings. Many patients are choosing to have their older amalgam fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings for this reason.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
Cavities are the result of tooth decay. Initially, the decay may be minor. But once it is there, it can spread quickly. The minor discomfort you may feel can turn into constant pain as the decay spreads. So it is best to see your dentist at the very first sign of a cavity.
Here are some common symptoms to look for:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Sensitivity to sweets, during and after eating them
- Aching in the tooth
- A visible hole in your tooth
- Stains on your tooth, either white or dark spots
- Pain or sensitivity when you bite or chew
First, your dentist will examine your teeth and any X-rays of your teeth to determine if there is a cavity that can be treated with a filling. Then, the area around the cavity will be numbed so that you won’t feel any pain during the filling.
Your dentist will work to remove the decayed area, including debris and bacteria, and then add the filling to fully restore the tooth.
Cavities are the big C-word that no one wants to hear when they visit their dentist for a routine cleaning and exam. You can work to prevent cavities by practicing good oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly, eating healthy foods, avoiding the overconsumption of sugary foods, etc.
You may want to consider talking to your dentist about having a dental sealant placed on your teeth.