Cavities, or holes in your teeth, are permanently damaged areas of your enamel. Cavities need to be addressed right away to avoid further tooth decay on deeper layers of your teeth. Proper oral health care, especially brushing and flossing, can help prevent cavities, as can avoiding certain foods and drinks.
Reasons to Get a Cavity Filling
Untreated cavities get larger and deeper, affecting more layers of your teeth and leading to severe toothaches, infection and even tooth loss. Filling your cavities replaces the decayed material and prolongs the life of your natural teeth.
There are other reasons to get a filling as well, such as:
- To replace an old filling
- To repair a chipped or cracked tooth
- To strengthen a worn tooth
- To improve the look of your teeth
- To cover or protect sensitive areas
What are the signs you need a cavity filling?
The most common symptoms of cavities involve sensitivity, soreness or pain when chewing. Also, if you see a dark spot on a tooth or even a hole in a tooth, it could be a sign of a cavity. Sometimes, cavities aren’t obvious, which is why it’s important to get regular dental exams [links to: Cleaning & Oral Exams page].
If an old filling is cracked or loose, you have a cracked tooth, or are experiencing floss tears, you may need a filling. Either way, let us know about your concern or discomfort. We’ll take a look and determine if a filling is the best treatment.
Cavity Fillings FAQ
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