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When Is A Tooth Filling Necessary?

Preventative Orthodontics Adult 1 Midlothian, VA Dentist | Biggers Family Dentistry

Your teeth put up with a lot, there’s no denying that. But as tough as they are, they can still break down and decay if not cared for properly.

Cavities, or holes in your teeth, can develop in decaying teeth. If you do have a cavity, don’t be embarrassed. The majority of us will have a cavity at some point in our lifetime. The important thing is that you get it taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.

You’re in good hands at Biggers Family Dentistry. We will work with you to make sure you’re well taken care of and on the right path toward good oral health. In the meantime, however, what if you do have a cavity?

If you develop a cavity, we may decide your best option is to get a tooth filling. But what does that mean exactly?

What Is A Tooth Filling?

A tooth filling is a technique used to repair damaged teeth. If your tooth has decayed, we will first remove the decayed material, then clean the area before filling the cavity with the right filling material.

“But I brush and floss regularly. How did I get a cavity?”

It’s frustrating, we know, but even dedicated brushers and flossers can experience tooth decay. It all has to do with bacteria in your mouth. Everyone has both good and bad bacteria in their mouth. Every time you eat something, especially sugary foods, those bad bacteria have a feast! Those bacteria, known as plaque, then produce a strong acid that actually eats away at your teeth. If you don’t remove them, they will continue to damage the structure of your tooth until you end up with a cavity.

Filling the cavity prevents bacteria from getting into the space while also preventing additional decay. There are several materials that can be used for a tooth filling.

What Tooth Filling Material Works Best?

When you come to Biggers Family Dentistry for a tooth filling, we will determine which tooth filling material is right for you. We offer:

  • Amalgam fillings

Amalgam fillings, or silver fillings, are durable but more noticeable in color. Amalgam fillings are relatively inexpensive yet reliable.

  • Composite fillings

Composite fillings match the color of your teeth but are susceptible to staining if not cared for properly. They are, however, another durable option that can repair your decayed tooth.

When deciding which material is best for you, Dr. Hood Biggers and our experienced dental hygienists will consider:

  • Cost
  • Appearance
  • Severity of decay
  • Location
  • Patient allergies

Do I Need A Tooth Filling?

How can you be sure you need a tooth filling? Tooth fillings are one of the most common procedures performed by dentists. But no matter how experienced we are, we understand wanting to avoid extra dental work if possible.

Dental fillings are an effective way to prevent tooth decay from causing more damage. When you come to the dentist for a checkup, we will take a close look at your teeth to see if you have any cavities. If you do, chances are you can benefit from a filling that will remove the decay from your teeth and fill it to prevent the decay from expanding.

If the tooth is treated in time, the decay can spread further inside the tooth. When decay gets to the nerve tissue, called the pulp, you will begin to experience pain or discomfort. The decay can spread even further, potentially causing you to lose your tooth. It’s much less painful and costly to catch the issue early on before it gets worse.

The only way to know for sure if you need a tooth filling is to see your dentist. Cavities can be hard to spot on your own. But it’s important to catch them early, which is why regular checkups with your dentist are necessary.

Stay On Top Of Your Oral Health

If you haven’t yet, be sure to schedule your next checkup. At Biggers Family Dentistry, we want to see you at least every six months. If you think you may have a cavity or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact us right away so we can diagnose the problem and help you find relief.

Call our Midlothian, VA office at (804) 621-2199 or contact us online . We look forward to hearing from you!

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