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When are dental fillings necessary?

It is estimated that from start to finish in the general population, a cavity can take about a few months to 1-2 years to go from early decay beginning on the surface of the tooth to a large cavity that reaches down into the nerve. If a cavity is caught early, before it reaches the Pulp, It can be treated by removing the decayed part and restoring them with the fillings. But it depends on when a cavity is detected and how diligent the treatment is.

There are a few signs that will indicate when a filling might be necessary.

  • sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods.
  • pain when biting or chewing on a certain tooth.
  • getting food stuck in certain spots in your mouth.
  • a rough, broken, or chipped tooth.
  • a dark spot on the surface of the tooth.
  • general tooth pain.
  • floss that keeps getting shredded in between certain teeth.
  • a filling that has fallen out.
  • an x-ray showing decay under the surface of a tooth.

Regular dental check-ups are a very important component in catching tooth decay in its beginning stages when it is relatively easy to address and prevent further damage.

How are dental fillings done?

If a cavity is detected and treated before it gets too close to the pulp of the tooth, it is generally a simple and straightforward procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the area surrounding it. Then the decayed or damaged tooth material is removed from your tooth. Your dentist will decide the suitable material to replace the damaged part. Later your bite will be checked to make sure it is not too high and smooth out the surface of the filling.

Which dental fillings are best?

Several dental filling materials are available to use. They include porcelain, silver amalgam, or tooth-colored composite resin. The location and extent of the decay, the cost of the filling material, and the esthetic demands all play a part in determining which type of material to use. Generally speaking, most dentists tend to use a composite resin material for the typical filling. Composite resin filling material offers a great all-around solution as it is tooth-colored, long-lasting, and less expensive than some of the other materials. The dentist will be able to answer any questions you may have about each type of material and help you make the best choice for your individual situation.

Dental fillings are usually some of the least expensive dental procedures. The type of filling material used will determine the cost. The amount of surfaces that need to be restored on a tooth is the biggest determining factor in cost. A small cavity on one surface of the tooth will cost less than a filling that covers large areas on the top and down two sides of a tooth. After your evaluation, we will be happy to give you an estimate on dental filling costs.

Fillings can sometimes become loose and fall out. If secondary decay is undetected and gets underneath a filling or crown it can change the shape of the tooth and as a result, the filling or crown will no longer fit the tooth properly. Thus it can become loose and eventually fall out.

This is rarely an emergency, but the exposed tooth may be sensitive and you should contact the dentist as soon as possible. If a filling falls out a new filling will need to be placed in the tooth to ensure as perfect a fit as possible to prevent decay from getting under it.

Dental fillings are expected to last many years. However, eventually, all fillings will need to be replaced. Over time, pressure from constant chewing and biting can cause a filling to chip, crack or begin wearing away, allowing bacteria to enter the small spaces between the filling and the tooth. Let your dentist know if you notice any fillings that appear to be worn or cracked, or if you experience any sensitivity or pain around a filling. Regular dental exams are important to prevent further damage to the tooth.

Tooth pain or sensitivity after a filling is not unusual. A tooth that has just had a filling will be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures as well as the pressure of biting and chewing. This type of pain should resolve itself within a week or two after the filling. If the pain or discomfort does not go away in a reasonable amount of time, contact your dentist. In the meantime be aware and be gentle with your tooth as it heals

Pain can also be caused by a filling that is not fitting properly or if it has developed cracks. If you suspect this could be happening, contact the dentist as soon as possible. Pain could also be the result of an allergic reaction to the filling material used. To help avoid this, bring any known allergies to the attention of the dentist while discussing your filling options before the procedure.

Dental amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, about 50% of which is mercury. The FDA considers amalgam fillings to be safe for adults and children 6 years and above. Dental amalgam has been used for about 150 years because it is strong and long-lasting. Most dentists are coming away from using amalgam for fillings, choosing instead to use composite resin more often.

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