Do You Need A Filling?

huffstutlerfillingA cavity can do more than just cause sensitivity or toothaches. Without treatment this common oral health problem can threaten the stability of your smile. Fortunately, we can correct the problem in one visit with a restoration. Do you need a filling?

Dental Filling Quiz

  1. True or False: A cavity can lead to an infection.
  2. True or False: A toothache may be a warning sign of decay.
  3. True or False: A filling looks natural.
  4. True or False: Serious cases may require crowns.

Answer Key

  1. True. Decay will continue to spread until the problem is treated. Over time, the untreated decay can reach the pulp at the center of your tooth. The pulp is a bundle of living tissue that keeps your tooth alive and healthy. Once bacteria reach it, an infection can develop, leading to an increased risk of tooth loss.
  2. True. You may first notice sensitive teeth, particularly when consuming hot or cold food/drinks. Eventually, this can progress to a persistent toothache. If you have pain in your teeth you should see a dentist right away for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment. Addressing the problem early can prevent the issue from progressing to a more serious stage.
  3. True. A filling is a composite resin material that we shade to better blend with your tooth. After removing the decay, the doctor applies the material and cures it with a light. The tooth will then be polished for a more lifelike appearance. The resulting restoration will look natural and blend with the remaining tooth structure.
  4. True. If the decay advances then a crown may be necessary. Made from ceramic, the crown looks natural and covers the visible parts of a tooth. The restoration protects the structure from further decay or infection and will look completely lifelike.