One of the more common dental procedures available is filling a cavity. Even with a patient’s best efforts, damage, wear, trauma, and cavities can happen. Any of these can make chewing uncomfortable and even painful. Whether you need fillings due to trauma, decay, or to rebuild the natural shape of tooth structure, our professional staff at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care can always help by placing a filling made of composite resin, ceramic, or amalgam to prevent any further damage.
Signs You Need a Tooth Filling
Many times, patients do not realize they need a filling until the damage is severe enough to cause them pain and discomfort, but there are warning signs. In some cases, there is a darkening spot or a small hole on the face of the tooth. Typically, these form where food gets stuck. Also, a patient’s flossing thread might fray or snap in a certain spot, indicating a chipped or decaying tooth. It is not only important for a patient to brush and floss two times a day but to also visually inspect their teeth to spot any problem areas early enough to avoid more advanced procedures.
Why Fillings Are So Important?
Filling a tooth is a time-tested way to halt tooth decay. Tiny holes can develop in the tooth enamel exposing the dentin and nerves making teeth become sensitive to hot and cold. This can make eating food difficult and sometimes painful. If it is not dealt with quickly and properly by our professional staff, the consequences could be potentially disastrous for a patient’s general health.
While a toothache is not only painful, it is also an indicator that there could be an infection. Without corrective treatment, the infection could spread into the pulp of the tooth. Once it reaches the pulp which is the nerve tissue in the tooth’s root canal, patients will already be experiencing intense pain. Patients may experience a persistent throbbing toothache sometimes radiating to the neck, jawbone, and ear. There may also be a sensitivity to the pressure of biting or chewing. If the infection is not found and the cavity filled, the tooth may eventually need to be removed.
There are other scenarios requiring dental fillings too, such as missing tooth structure, fractures, and grooves. Fillings can replace the missing structure and fill the fractures and grooves, so a patient no longer experiences pain or discomfort. Because of this, patients need to schedule regular professional cleanings and floss and brush twice daily to avoid potential tooth loss and the need for more extensive procedures.
Is It Possible to Reverse Early Decay?
It is possible to reverse early stage tooth decay, especially if the enamel is breaking down due to acidic foods and beverages. Changing a patient’s diet to avoid these items can encourage strong teeth and gums. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings with our office repairs and strengthens the mineral structure of the enamel and blocks the tiny microscopic holes which can make teeth so sensitive.
Our friendly and professional staff at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care can easily take care of all filling placements so please feel free to call at (352) 666-9898 today for a friendly, stress-free visit.