When Do You Need a Filling?

When Do You Need a Filling?

When one or more of your teeth have suffered damage from anything concerning, including tooth decay, nail-biting, or even tooth-grinding, your dentist probably informs you that you need dental fillings. But don’t fret: Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures you can have. Even if you have a strict brushing and flossing routine, you still might not be able to avoid having to get them.

Our team at Silver Lake Dentistry are experts in dental fillings, and we want you to know the basics, including when you may need to get one.

What are dental fillings?

Fillings are a type of restorative dentistry that’s performed to help your teeth return to their normal strength and function. Sometimes your teeth can be worn down and become sensitive due to bacteria and any bad habits like nail-biting or tooth-grinding. However, in other cases, tooth decay has to be removed, leaving a small hole – or cavity – that needs filling.

Types of fillings

Silver Lake Dentistry offers two types of fillings: tooth-colored and silver amalgam. 

While the tooth-colored ones are more natural, they may not be as effective for large fillings and can stain easily. 

The silver amalgam variety is much more effective against wear and tear and does tend to be less expensive. However, they are noticeable since they’re so much darker in color.

Who needs a filling?

The best way to know if you need a filling is to have regular check-ups with your dentist; each one of your teeth is closely examined to look for any signs of decay. 

The first sign that you might need fillings is if you experience tooth sensitivity. You may notice this if you eat or drink anything hot, cold, or sweet. This sensitivity typically means you likely have a cavity or will develop one soon.

However, cavities can get to the point that they become noticeable holes or pits on one or more of your teeth. If this is the case, getting to your dentist for a visit is of utmost importance. Filling in your cavities will prevent bacteria from entering and wreaking havoc on your teeth.

Next steps

If you’ve noticed extra sensitivity in your teeth, or if it’s just been a while since you’ve had a dental check-up, call our Silver Lake Dentistry team at 816-287-3216, or use our online feature to schedule an appointment today at our office in Raymore, Missouri.

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