What is a Filling?
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay and or fracture back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. We only use Tooth colored filling material (composite resin) that bonds with the tooth making an already compromised tooth gain back the strength lost due to decay.
What Happens When You get a Filling?
If your dentist decides to fill a cavity, he or she will first remove the decay and clean the affected area. The cleaned-out cavity will then be filled with a tooth colored material. If the damage to your tooth is quite extensive, a crown may be indicated.
How Do I Know if I Need a Filling?
If you have teeth that have Dark Black spots that are soft (decay), if your teeth have broken / chipped edges, cutting onto your tongue / cheek, you need a filling.
If your teeth have sensitivity to hot and cold that only lasts for a few seconds and doesn’t give any lingering / ongoing ache… you need a filling.
Your dentist will check for anything that looks abnormal and will check with special instruments. Your dentist may also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.