Tooth damage can cause you a lot of pain and embarrassment. What's still, you may not be able to ward off the problem even if you maintain a strict oral hygiene routine as some biological and lifestyle factors will still make you susceptible to it.
Tooth filling can help restore a damaged tooth back to full and normal function, improving your smile in the process.
How to know I need a dental filling
Going for a dental checkup is the best way to know if your problem can be treated by a filling. However the following signs may be telltale clues you need a filling:
- Sensitivity when biting or chewing
- A hole that you can feel or see on your tooth
- Food regularly getting stuck between a specific pair of teeth
- Floss tearing when you floss a certain tooth
- Tooth pain
- A tooth starting to feel rough
- Fractures and chips
- Lost tooth filling
What type of filling is best for me?
Fillings are mostly classified based on the material used to make them. The best option for you will be dictated by your specific problem and its severity, your budget and your lifestyle. Here are the four most common types of filling:
- Composite resins
- Silver amalgams
- Gold cast
What to expect during filling
Your tooth will be numbed prior to the procedure to make it painless and comfortable. Once you're numb and ready, the dentist will get down to removing the decayed part of your tooth using a drill and high-volume suction.
Next, you will be washed and rinsed clean. The dentist will then apply the filling material on the tooth. How this is done will depend on the filling material being used and the extent of your problem.
If you suspect you have dental decay and want a dentist to confirm it and provide filling if necessary, Lal Thanga DDS offers the service in and around Duarte. Call 626.357.9909 now to schedule an appointment and have your tooth fixed.