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Dental fillings help strengthen and restore teeth affected by infection or decay. Several types of fillings are available. Each type is durable and could potentially last for many years. However, fillings can be damaged. If that happens, a dentist can determine the best method for fixing it. Dr. Edwin Yee, the experienced dentist at our office in Pensacola, FL, can repair or replace cracked, broken, or loose fillings.
Types of Dental Fillings
Several types of filling materials exist for treating cavities and other oral health issues. Silver-colored amalgam fillings have been a popular choice for many years. Amalgam fillings are composed of a blend of metals, including silver, copper, and tin, as well as mercury which binds all the metals together. Cast gold is another type of metal filling that can be used to treat teeth with cavities. Amalgam fillings are the less expensive option, but they do require more drilling and undercuts than other types of dental fillings, which means more tooth structure is lost.
Tooth-colored or white fillings are becoming an increasingly popular choice for treating cavities since they blend in with the surrounding tooth. Once the filling material is dry, it just looks like part of the natural tooth. Tooth-colored dental fillings can be made from various materials, including porcelain, glass ionomer, and a composite mixture of glass and plastic. Composite fillings are commonly used because the material readily bonds with the natural tooth so less drilling is needed to place them, which means more healthy tooth structure can be spared.
Signs a Filling is Damaged
Fillings can last for many years with proper care. However, chewing on ice or biting into hard candies and foods can potentially crack or damage a filling. Habits such as chewing on the end of a pen or pencil can also crack a dental filling. Another way fillings can be damaged is due to an injury, such as sustaining a blow to the mouth while playing sports. Fillings can also just wear down over time and become more susceptible to damage.
Some signs that you have a cracked or damaged filling include:
- Experiencing sudden pain when biting into food
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks
- Feeling a hard object in your mouth after biting into food
- Feeling a crack or hole in your tooth when running your tongue over it
- Hearing a cracking sound when biting into or chewing food
Repairing a Cracked Filling
If you have a cracked filling, the skilled dentist at our office in Pensacola, FL, can determine the best way to fix it. In some cases, it is best to simply remove the damaged filling and replace it with a brand new one. Another option is to place a crown over the affected tooth, which will prevent further damage to the tooth or filling. If the damage is minimal, it might be possible to repair the cracked filling without completely replacing it. The dentist can identify and recommend the best course of treatment.
If you think you might have cracked a filling, see the dentist right away. A damaged filling can leave your tooth more vulnerable to decay and other oral health issues. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Yee, our exceptional dentist, call our office in Pensacola, FL, at (850) 479-3355.
Are you dealing with a cavity? If so, then you’ll need to restore the tooth with a filling.
Are you visiting our Pensacola, FL, dentist, Dr. Edwin Yee, every six months for cleanings and checkups? If you don’t remember the last time you received a cleaning, then it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. After all, decay is one of the leading oral diseases in both children and adults, and the sooner this problem is caught and treated the better.
Of course, if we detect decay early on, we may not even need to place a filling. Given that decay is a gradually progressive disease, we may be able to remove any plaque and then monitor the tooth during your routine checkups to see if it’s progressing.
On the other hand, in the event that the decay has progressed to a deeper level, we may need to remove it and place a dental filling—but how do you know if this necessary?
When do you need a dental filling?
If your decay has turned into a full-blown cavity, then our dentist will need to remove the decay so that it doesn’t continue to spread. Once the decay has been removed, a dental filling will be placed. This filling is designed to restore and rebuild the tooth after the decayed enamel has been drilled away. A filling doesn’t just restore the tooth’s appearance, but its strength and durability, as well.
In most cases, a tooth-colored material, such as composite resin, is used to fill the tooth. This material can be matched to the shade of the tooth ahead of time so that it blends right in. The resin is also moldable, allowing it to be easily shaped and contoured to the tooth. Dental fillings aren’t noticeable, so you won’t have to worry that they will be visible when you smile.
What are the signs of a cavity?
Sometimes a person may have a cavity and not even know it, which is why it’s important to visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. However, you may have a cavity if,
- You have a toothache
- Your tooth is suddenly sensitive to hot/cold temperatures, pressure, or sweets
- There is a visible hole or dark spot on the tooth
Concerned? Give our Pensacola office a call
No matter whether you are concerned that you may have a cavity or it’s just time for you to schedule a cleaning, call our Pensacola, FL, dental office today at (850) 479-3355. We will find an appointment that works best with your schedule!