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Do You Really Need a Dental Filling?

Posted in Fillings

You might be a bit doubtful when your dentist tells you that you need another filling or two. After all, if you don’t have a toothache, then is there even a problem?

Here are a few ways you can find out for yourself whether or not you have a cavity that needs a filling.

Check the X-Rays

Your dentist will be happy to explain your dental x-rays to you and show you where you have active decay.

Cavities usually show up as fuzzy black triangles in tooth enamel on x-rays. If you have many of them that reach through the outer layer of your tooth, those areas will need to be filled.

Keep Track of Tooth Sensitivity Episodes

Sensitivity is often the first sign of an advancing cavity. You don’t need to wake up with a painful dental abscess to know that your tooth might need a filling. Decayed teeth usually show symptoms of sensitivity to temperature changes and sweets or sour foods.

Have you felt your teeth sting with discomfort when you chewed on a cookie or piece of sweet gum? That’s a pretty sure sign that you’ll need a filling.

When Was the Last Time You Saw a Dentist?

It’s time to be honest with yourself. If you haven’t had a dental checkup in years, then there’s a good chance your teeth have developed a few cavities during that time. It shouldn’t come as a surprise for a dentist to recommend dental fillings after a long timeframe without checking your teeth.

Ask your dentist about the best restorative options for your smile and some more information on how you can prevent future decay.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


Should You Fill Your Own Tooth?

Posted in Fillings

At-home dental restoration kits claim that you can get great results with no drilling or anesthesia and at a fraction of the cost of a dental visit.

But performing your own dentistry isn’t as simple as it may sound. Dentists strongly discourage DIY dentistry because of the risks involved.

The Dangers of Filling Your Own Tooth

Properly restoring a tooth involves more than just filling a hole. Cavities are active bacterial infections. If the infection isn’t cleaned out before filling the tooth, the cavity will continue to spread through the tooth. Only a dentist using special drilling equipment can completely clear out a cavity. You can’t do this on your own if you fill your tooth at home.

There’s also the risk of placing too much filling material. This can make it impossible to floss around the filled tooth and can even throw off your bite.

If a dentist has to redo your DIY filling, your tooth may require more treatment than if you just had it filled in the first place.

When Should You Place Your Own Fillings?

If you’re taking a trip abroad or hiking out into the wilderness, then you might want to bring along a temporary dental filling kit. Temporary filling material can protect your tooth if you lose a restoration at a time when you’re far from a dental office.

Get Your Fillings Done Right the First Time

To save as much of your tooth as possible in addition to saving money see your dentist to get dental fillings done. You should also see your dentist soon after placing a temporary filling so that it can be replaced with a more permanent option.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224


Do You Really Need a Dental Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Dental work can seem expensive, or uncomfortable memories may come to mind when your dentist recommends that you get a new filling.

Can you just skip the filling altogether? You might not want to after considering these facts…

What Dental Fillings Do

A restoration fills in the hole left by a cavity to restore your tooth’s smooth surface. This prevents food from getting stuck in your enamel and keeps new germs from setting up camp. Fillings also keep a decayed tooth strong so that it’s less likely to fracture.

What Happens if You Don’t Get That Filling

Cavities aren’t just a cosmetic issue. If left untreated, they can quickly spread to other teeth or even progress to the point that they cause an abscess.

Abscessed teeth can be extremely painful and usually require an extraction or root canal. Getting a filling in a timely manner can help you avoid such complications.

Alternatives to Dental Fillings

Depending on the extent of your tooth’s damage, you may need something other than a traditional metal or composite filling.

Dental crowns, for example, protect and reinforce entire teeth from the outside. These are best for teeth with extensive decay damage.

Inlays and onlays are other options. They’re made outside the mouth and then inserted into the prepared tooth in one solid piece, like a crown. Like a filling, however, onlays and inlays only replace part of a tooth instead of covering it entirely.

You may be able to reverse extremely new cavities (demineralization) if you treat them with fluoride before the erosion cavitates its way through your enamel.

Only your dentist can determine which teeth need a filling and which don’t. Plan a trip to the dental office to find out what your smile needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565


My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Why Should I Fill It?

Posted in Fillings

It’s hard to feel motivated to get a cavity filled if your tooth doesn’t hurt to begin with. But like any dentist will tell you, not all cavities cause pain!

Using dental X-rays is a great way to intercept tooth decay when it’s smaller and less-invasive to treat. In fact, we can sometimes stop cavities in their earliest stages before a filling is even needed.

But if you have a visible cavitation inside of your tooth — and continue to go symptom free — you should have it treated right away.

Cavities Spread…Fast

A small cavity on one tooth at your dental checkup, if it goes untreated, can quickly turn into two cavities by the time of your next appointment six months from now.

Not only do cavities “jump” from tooth to tooth, they grow larger. It’s possible to have an extremely severe area of tooth decay that extends well into the nerve of the tooth to the point of creating an abscess, without the tooth ever hurting.

Don’t Wait for it to Hurt

Pain is a symptom to look out for, but it’s not the only way to spot a cavity. A large number of dental fillings are placed on teeth that never hurt to begin with, but only show the physical signs of a hole eroding into the enamel.

If you really love your smile, you’ll treat the cavity before it hurts you or your pocketbook! Small fillings save you money and preserve the most amount of enamel possible.

Talk to your dentist today about how a small filling can help you avoid a crown or root canal later on.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097


The Truth About DIY Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Filling your tooth at home may seem like the easy way out when you want to save a buck or skip a trip to the dental office.

But DIY fillings aren’t the miracle solution they may seem to be.

DIY Dental Filling Kits Can Be Dangerous

Without actual dental treatment experience, you could put too much patch-up material in your tooth, damage your it further, or accidentally swallow something you shouldn’t.

Additionally, you can’t just cover over a cavity with filling material and call it good. Tooth decay is an active bacterial infection, and the cavity will only spread underneath the filling if a dentist doesn’t properly clean out the decay before filling your tooth.

You’ll Pay More for a Job that Wasn’t Done Right the First Time

Using a cheap DIY kit to fill your tooth may feel like a smart move. But you can end up spending more money for an actual dentist to repair the damage done by a kit you bought online.

Temporary Fillings Are Just That – Temporary!

There are plenty of products available in drugstores that are labeled as temporary dental cements. These kits contain a quick-setting filler and instructions for filling a tooth when you’re in a pinch.

But these kits are temporary for a reason. The cement isn’t the same kind of long-lasting filling material you’d get in a professional treatment. It only holds up for a limited amount of time (like while you’re away on vacation.)

Temporary cements are not substitutes for real dental fillings. They just tide you over when you’re in a situation where you can’t see a dentist.

Visit your dentist to learn more about the importance of professional dental fillings and alternatives that might be available.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751


4 Smile-Healthy Summertime Snack Ideas for Kids

Posted in Fillings

With warm weather comes the need for refreshing and energizing fuel to keep little bodies healthy all summer long.

Here are a few simple snack ideas that you can offer your kids without raising their risk for tooth decay. Read the rest of this entry »


Signs You May Need a Dental Filling

Posted in Fillings

Getting a filling isn’t exactly at the top of your list of favorite things.

But your tooth may need a filling sooner than you realize. Putting it off could leave you in severe pain or a painful dental bill, at the least.

Here are a few signs you need to see about getting your tooth filled before it needs a crown, root canal, or extraction.

Food and Temperature Sensitivity

If your tooth really zings in the presence of hot drinks, sticky sweets, or sour foods, then that’s a pretty sure sign you have an active cavity.

Dark Spots

A discolored spot that looks dark yellow, gray, brown, or even black could indicate decay. It is normal to have some stain that doesn’t contain a cavity, but if a spot is new or you’re in doubt, get it checked out.

Pain When Chewing

Do you find yourself favoring one side of your mouth over the other when you chew? If a tooth hurts when you chew on it, then that could mean it has a cavity or even a crack.

Rough Edges

Does floss catch and tear on the side of one particular tooth these days? Rough spots can sometimes be the sharp edges of a hole caused by decay.

Damaged or Missing Old Filling

If you already have a filling that’s suffered some wear and tear, it will likely need replacement. A damaged restoration can’t do its job and with time can allow cavity-causing bacteria to sneak into the tooth. The sooner you get the old filling replaced, the more minimal your treatment is likely to be.

Visit your local dentist if you notice any of these signs that you need a filling.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


3 Ways to Make Your Fillings Last Longer

Posted in Fillings

Unfortunately for all of us, dental fillings just cannot last forever.

That’s the case, for now at least. In the meantime, you definitely want to do your best to avoid having your dental fillings updated or replaced more frequently than you really need to. Here are a few ways how:

  1. Brush and Floss DAILY

Yes, good oral hygiene doesn’t just benefit teeth – it’s good for all your restorations, too. White fillings can occasionally pick up stain around the edges if you don’t brush and rinse away those dark-staining foods.

Fillings – both white and silver – fail when a tooth develops a new cavity under or near them. It’s very important that you diligently clean your teeth even after you get a filling. A restoration does not make a tooth invincible!

  1. Get Plenty of Fluoride

When a tooth gets a filling, it’s compromised for the rest of its life. The microscopic seam between tooth and composite or amalgam material becomes a potential site for bacterial infection.

Fluoride in toothpaste and rinses fortifies tooth enamel against bacteria and acid attacks. Your teeth need lots of this mineral after being filled.

  1. Use a Mouth Guard at Night

Many fillings are quickly worn down when their owners grind their teeth. A tooth clenching or grinding habit usually happens at night when you’re not aware of it, so it’s nearly impossible to control.

A customized mouth guard worn while you sleep can help you avoid fracturing, loosening, or wearing down your fillings.

When well-cared for, fillings can last ten years, fifteen years, or possibly longer. Find out what more you can do to make your valuable restorations last by visiting your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Enamel Dentistry
2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-5315


Dental Fillings 101

Posted in Fillings

Dental fillings are used to fill in the area on a tooth that has been removed due to a cavity. Dental fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth in cases of injury or from teeth being worn down. Dentists are specialists in the area of treating the teeth and can be trusted to fill your teeth with precision and care.

If you require a dental filling, you will have an appointment at the dentist office. Most often the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. (In some cases where the cavity is at the surface of a tooth, an anesthetic is not needed because the sensitive roots of the tooth will not be touched.) The dentist will then remove the decayed area of the tooth with a tool that is precise at cutting small amounts of enamel.

Once the decayed area is removed, your dentist will test the remaining area of the tooth to ensure that all of the decay has been removed. Once it has been determined that the decay is extracted, the dentist will clean the cavity thoroughly to remove all bacteria. Then the dentist will fill in the cavity with a specialized material that you and your dentist agreed on ahead of time.

It is essential to your oral health to have any cavities in your teeth filled by your dentist as quickly as possible. Because cavities are formed by decay, the teeth surrounding your tooth with the cavity can become infected by the decay. With good oral hygiene practices your filling should last you for years – if not your entire life.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental


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