Tooth decay can happen even if you brush and floss your teeth daily. In fact, 92 percent of adults have had cavities in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dental fillings offered by your Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, can restore the decayed part of your tooth.
What are the signs of a cavity?
Tooth decay can cause:
- Pain in teeth that may increase when you bite and chew
- Tooth sensitivity when consuming hot, cold or sweet foods and beverages
- Noticeable pits or holes in teeth
- Brown, black or white spots on teeth
These symptoms may not occur until cavities are fairly large. Fortunately, smaller, symptomless cavities can be spotted by your Salisbury dentist during checkups. Treating cavities when they're small reduces damage to your teeth caused by the decay and decreases the chances that the tooth will need additional dental procedures in the future.
What happens during a filling?
Your dentist numbs your mouth to ensure that you won't feel any pain during the procedure. After removing the decayed portion, she'll clean the tooth to remove debris and bacteria and add the filling material to the tooth.
Will my tooth hurt after I receive a filling?
Your tooth may feel a little sensitive after it's filled. Sensitivity is completely normal and usually goes away in a day or two.
Why type of filling material will be used?
Tooth-colored fillings are used because they are completely unnoticeable, require removal of a smaller area of healthy tooth structure and bond to teeth, strengthening them.
If you have a very large cavity, your dentist may use an inlay, a porcelain restoration that fits inside the cusps of your teeth, or an onlay, a restoration that extends beyond the cusps. Inlays and onlays are made in dental laboratories.
How long will my filling last?
Fillings can last five to 10 years or longer before they need to be replaced. Your dentist will check your fillings to make sure they're in good condition during your bi-yearly visits.
Are you worried that you may have a cavity? Call your Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule an appointment.