If you have a cavity then the health and stability of your teeth are at risk. Our office provides a number of treatment options to repair a decayed tooth, including a dental filling. Do you need a filling? By treating a dental cavity you can avoid the risk of an infection or possibly even tooth loss.
Dental Filling Quiz
- True or False: A toothache may be a warning sign of a cavity.
- True or False: A filling can be placed in one visit.
- True or False: Without treatment a cavity may lead to an infection.
- True or False: You can help avoid further episodes of decay.
- True. When cavities form patients will typically notice tooth sensitivity to either hot or cold temperatures. As the decay progresses, a chronic toothache can develop. We urge patients not to ignore pain that lasts for more than 48 hours, instead see a dentist for a diagnosis and to see if you need a restoration.
- True. The process involves removing the decay from the teeth. The doctor will then clean the tooth and apply a composite resin. Metal-free and made to blend with the tooth, these fillings are natural looking. The doctor will then cure the composite material with a light and polish the tooth.
- True. Over time the decay continues to spread, eventually reaching the inner pulp. The pulp is the tooth’s nerve center, a bundle of living tissue keeping the tooth alive and healthy. Once bacteria enter the pulp an infection begins. Patients may need a root canal or possibly an extraction to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth.
- True. With routine brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings from your dentist, you can reduce the risk of tooth decay.