Filling the empty space in your teeth: Dental fillings

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Filling the empty space in your teeth Dental fillings

The mouth is a dirty place and not because of someone using foul language. The bacteria in the mouth can lead to tooth decay or infection if one does not practice proper dental care. With a cavity the simple action of chewing becomes painful. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent cavities before they form and ways to protect teeth from further decay.

The possible dangers to teeth

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes.” People who struggle with cavities may not realize they have one right away, as the pain may not be present when the cavity first forms.

Once a cavity fully forms, there is no way to regrow the damaged portion of the tooth. Cavities more common in children but can occur in people of any age. If cavities are left untreated, “they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth,” Mayo Clinic writes. Those who do not practice proper brushing techniques, risk the following symptoms, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet
  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth
  • Brown, black or white staining on the surface of teeth
  • Pain when you bite down

The process for installing dental fillings is not too complex or painful. This process involves removing the infected portion of the tooth. After the removal, the dentist will begin the process of implanting the filling.

What to do next?

Mouthhealthy.org describes the filling options patients can select for their filling. However, “Cosmetic considerations, how long the filling could last, insurance coverage and out of pocket costs are some other factors you might want to consider,” mouthhealthy.org writes.

Fillings do not even need to be noticeable by others since tooth-colored fillings are available. Known as composite resins, these fillings “are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing,” mouthhealthy.org writes.

Dental amalgam and gold fillings are also options for a patient. However, certain fillings may cost more than some are willing to spend. When deciding on the best and healthiest option for a dental filling, consult a dentist.

A professional will go over the price of the dental implant with the patient. The price can vary per the patient's insurance company as well. Once the filling is in place, the patient will no longer have to deal with pain in that tooth or pain while chewing. To prevent further tooth decay in other teeth, a patient needs to practice proper dental hygiene and visit a dentist regularly.

With regular visits to a professional dental office, your dentist will be able to spot and prevent the spread of tooth decay early on. If you are dealing with tooth decay or experiencing pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to seek professional dental treatment today.

North Tampa Dentistry

At North Tampa Dentistry in Tampa, FL, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff will go over any important facts you need to know about your treatment.

If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us. We will answer any questions and make sure you get the help to feel comfortable with your treatment. We can help prevent any constant damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health.


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