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Dental Fillings

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of every 4 Americans has untreated tooth decay. Tooth decay is a progressive disease with very subtle symptoms, if any until it is very advanced. If not treated tooth decay ultimately results in tooth loss. Fortunately, we have a treatment for tooth decay that is successful at stopping tooth decay if treated early enough. Unfortunately, if the disease is not caught early enough, treatment is less predictable and more expensive. It is important to catch tooth decay early so you can have it treated with a dental filling. To make an appointment to see if you need a dental filling schedule an appointment online.


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Tooth decay is caused by the bacteria that lives in your mouth and forms plaque. Plaque is that sticky film that you wake up with in the morning. It is made up of bacteria that have multiplied over night. The removal of this plaque is the reason that you need to brush and floss your teeth every day and have regular cleanings with your dental hygienist.  Plaque attaches to the teeth and unless removed, it can cause holes to start forming in the teeth in hard to reach places and places not easy to see sometimes without an x ray. If the tiny holes are not found, the bacteria has a way into the tooth under the enamel and it can real damage to your teeth.

 

How to know if you have tooth decay?

When you brush and floss your teeth, carefully look at your teeth at the gum-line and in the grooves on the chewing surface of your teeth to look for any areas that look dark. Teeth should be off-white to white. If you see something dark, you should make an appointment for a dental checkup. Even if you don’t see any spots, you should have a dental checkup up twice a year to look for tooth decay that may be hiding behind the teeth where you can’t see it, or in between the teeth. During your checkup you will have x rays taken to between your teeth and a dental exam where the dentist uses a dental mirror to look for signs of tooth decay.

 

How does a Dental Filling Treat tooth decay?

The part of the tooth that the bacteria has infected becomes soft and dark underneath the enamel. Once the dentist locates the tooth decay, that softened, dark, infected part of the tooth must be removed and all of the bacteria that is causing the decaying of the tooth must be removed with it. Once the infected portion of the tooth is removed, a dental filling may be placed in the tooth to restore the missing part of the tooth.

 

How long do fillings last?

A dental filling can last many years. Like all things wear and tear from constant use of the teeth will break doesn’t the bond between the filing and the tooth and there is a risk for bacteria betting between the old filling and the tooth and a new filling will need to be placed. This usually takes several years to occur although a sugary or acidic diet and teeth grinding will speed this up.

 

How painful is a dental filling?

The dentist will numb your tooth before the dental filling treatment is started. This will allow the dentist to work without any pain.

 

Which dental filling is best?

There are several different types of filling material and each one is better for different circumstances. Discuss with your dentist what option is best for your tooth braces down on location and esthetics.

 

Do fillings ruin your teeth?

Fillings absolutely save your teeth. Tooth decay will ruin your teeth, if you do not locate it and remove it. Dental fillings are the most common, cost effective and conservative treatment to remove destructive tooth decay from your mouth before decay spreads and destroys your teeth.

 

Advanced tooth decay can be dangerous to your overall health. The bacteria that is involved in tooth decay can form a dental abscess if the decay is not treated. A dental abscess is an infection in the jawbone and can cause extreme pain and swelling, or may have no symptoms at all.  If left untreated a dental access can become dangerous to your health and wellbeing.

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All Smiles Dentistry | Catherine Mentesana,
✆ Phone (appointments): 972-525-8180
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 972-747-1996
Address: 604 West Bethany Drive, Suite 210, Allen, TX 75013