Tooth decay can ruin your smile and badly lower your self-esteem. Worse about the problem is that it is virtually unpreventable as some biological and lifestyle factors may still render you susceptible even if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Filling restores decayed teeth back to normal function without altering your
So, how do you know you need a dental filling?
Consulting a dentist or going for a checkup is the best way to determine whether your tooth needs dental filling. However, some signs may provide telltale clues that you need the treatment. Here are some of them:
- Chips and fractures
- Tooth pain
- Sensitivity on concentrated areas
- Floss tearing when you floss certain teeth
- Lost tooth filling
- Food getting stuck between certain teeth
- A hole that you can see or feel on your tooth
What type of filling is good for me?
Fillings are mostly classified based on the material used to make them. Your budget, lifestyle and problem severity will determine the type your dentist recommends for you. Here are the most common types of tooth filling:
- Gold Fillings
- Silver amalgams
- Composite resins
What to expect during the dental filling procedure
Your dentist will first numb you using a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable and painless.
Once you’re numb and ready, the dentist will start removing the portion of your tooth that has been affected using a dental drill and a high volume suction.
Next, your tooth will be washed and rinsed clean using a cleaning solution. The dentist will then get down to placing the filling on the tooth using special equipment. This part of the procedure differs depending on the extent of damage to your tooth and the filling material being used.
If you suspect you have dental decay and want a dentist to confirm it and provide filling if necessary, Dr. Noreen Quinsom offers the service in and around San Francisco. Call 415-452-0884 now to schedule an appointment and have your tooth fixed.