Although your best option for healthy teeth is to keep them free from cavities, you may occasionally find yourself with a cavity or with a problematic tooth despite your best efforts at oral health. The health of your teeth depends on many variables, including your genetics, your daily oral care, your diet, your medications and many other conditions. When you are having uncomfortable symptoms that do not go away, you can always turn to our team in Atlanta for your dental fillings.
When is a Dental Filling Needed?
Dental fillings are most frequently used to fill in cavities that have been removed from the tooth. The filling will replace the old enamel that was injured and will restore the health and strength of the tooth.
While this is the most frequent use of a filling, you should be aware that our dentist may recommend a filling in several other instances as well. Occasionally, you may have a small hole in your tooth that is not related to decay. A filling can improve the strength of the tooth and prevent any sensitivity at the location. In addition, dental fillings in the form of dental bonding can be used to change the shape or color of a tooth or repair a fractured or broken tooth.
What are the Symptoms of a Cavity?
Although some cavities may not have any symptoms, many do, especially as they progress. Initially, the only sign may be tiny holes that our dentist will be able to see upon close examination. Eventually, you may notice discoloration at the spot and may experience a toothache. Certain hot or cold foods may cause sensitivity, and you may have discomfort when biting or chewing. Discomfort that does not go away quickly should always be checked out by our dentist.
How Can a Dental Filling Help?
The biggest way that a dental filling can help a diseased tooth is by restoring the original shape and strength of the tooth once the enamel has been worn away from the outer portion of the tooth. The filling will prevent food and other items from getting close to the sensitive part of your tooth. This can prevent future decay while also keeping discomfort away from your mouth.
Most dental fillings today are made from composite material. This is a special material that is very strong and that can be expertly color-matched to your existing teeth. These fillings are non-toxic and incredibly strong and durable when compared to traditional fillings.
Make an appointment at Southside Medical Center in Atlanta to learn more information about dental fillings. We have a number of locations throughout the area. Contact us today to book your dental appointment and get started.