Have you ever noticed that your teeth don’t always feel smooth? Sometimes when we haven’t brushed our teeth in a while we will feel fuzzy patches on our teeth. If you take a closer look, you may even see white film covering parts of your teeth. This white film is plaque and it is bad bacteria buildup that causes tooth decay. Your teeth have an enamel covering which serves to protect your teeth from decay. But often times the bacteria will continue to buildup in areas and that plaque will begin to destroy the enamel on your teeth.
Eventually, if care is not taken to remove the plaque through brushing and flossing, tiny holes will form in your tooth and bacteria will enter into the tooth and cause decay – or a cavity. The cavity will continue to grow without intervention. Because a tooth cannot heal itself, like other parts of our body, a filling is required. The dentist will remove the cavity and fill it with a composite resin filling. Often times when you have a cracked or broken tooth, a filling can be used to restore the tooth.
While getting a filling isn’t always painful, we offer different types of sedation, such as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”, to make you as comfortable as possible. If you are worried you are developing a cavity or have pain or discomfort when you chew or bite down, call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible so we can determine the source of the pain before the pain progresses into something worse.
Did You Know?
- The tooth is the only part of the body that can’t heal itself.
- Enamel covering the crown of your tooth is the hardest tissue in your body
Types of Fillings
- Composite Resin – a tooth colored filling, most commonly used
- Amalgam – a “shiny” filling that is an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin, zinc