Do You Need A Filling?

celinafillingIf 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

  1. True or False: A toothache may be a warning sign of a cavity.
  2. True or False: A filling can be placed in one visit.
  3. True or False: Without treatment a cavity may lead to an infection.
  4. True or False: You can help avoid further episodes of decay.

Answer Key

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. True. With routine brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental cleanings from your dentist, you can reduce the risk of tooth decay.