Do I Need a Filling?

December 19, 2017

For decades, dentists have used dental fillings to cover up and protect the surfaces of the teeth. Fillings are usually added to the teeth fillingsafter cavities have been found and cleaned. While this treatment is most common for children and teens, in some cases adult patients may need fillings to restore their smiles. Find out if you need a dental filling, a treatment available at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA.

What Is a Filling?
A dental filling is a substance that is added to the surface of a tooth and then cured until it hardens in place. The substance settles into the pits and fissures of the tooth, closing up any holes or cracks. Fillings are commonly made of metal amalgam, composite, or cast gold material. In some cases, dentists use porcelain or glass ionomer material to make the tooth and the filling match more closely.

Do You Need One?
If you have a cavity, it’s highly likely that you will need a filling in the near future. After all traces of decay are cleaned by your Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta dentist, the filling will cover up and stabilize the tooth so that it can get stronger. If you have noticed that one of your teeth or more of your teeth has chips cracks or have become painful, that may also indicate that you may need a filling. The dental filling material can be applied to all surfaces of a tooth to strengthen and repair it.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
If you ever had a tooth filled as a child, metal amalgam material was probably used. A lot of patients still have the metal-colored fillings that they received at childhood because they are very durable and long-lasting. However, nowadays more patients are requesting tooth-colored fillings (porcelain, composite, or glass ionomer material). The benefit of getting a tooth-colored filling is that when you smile, laugh, or talk, no one will ever know that you had a cavity.

Call for a Tooth Exam and Checkup
The only way to know for sure that you need a dental filling is to see your dentist for a quick check up. Call 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Woodstock and Marietta, GA today at 678-293-8773 to schedule an appointment.