Dental Fillings For Cavities in Revere
A filling is the best solution to restore a tooth that has suffered from decay. In order to be sure the decay is completely gone, your dentist will need to drill your tooth, remove the decay and wash it out. After a thorough cleaning, your dentist will fill the cavity with filling material. This filling material is meant to keep the shape of the tooth, protect the cavity area, and also prevent future damage such as more decay. Filling a cavity is the most common dental procedure and is nothing to worry about!
Types of Dental Fillings
Not all dental fillings look the same; in fact, there are four types of filling materials used frequently. Gold fillings are created in a lab and molded to fit your tooth. This option is often seen as the most effective because it lasts a long time but it does require multiple office visits and can be pricier than the others. Amalgam or silver fillings are a more affordable option but are visible to the naked eye and are therefore less desirable. Composite or plastics resins are matched to your tooth color but have been known to chip and break, only lasting 3-10 years on average. And lastly, porcelain fillings are made in a lab and are used to cover most of your tooth. While they are protective, their price is higher than other options.
The best way to prevent the need for a filling is to be committed to an effective oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing, rinsing after meals, and avoiding harmful food and drinks will give you the best chance at avoiding cavities in your teeth. By visiting the dentist on a bi-annual basis, you will be able to take care of any cavities in your mouth before they become a more serious issue. Sometimes, cavities can be detected when pain occurs in one or more teeth but to be diagnosed, you’ll have to have dental x-rays taken to see what’s going on under the surface.
Our dental office in Revere, MA will help you get rid of your cavity and prevent future damage to your tooth. Visit our payment options page to see which insurances we accept and contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Why Choose All Pro Dental
You should visit the dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning and examination to ensure your mouth is in good health. At All Pro Dental, our goal is to make sure you are comfortable throughout your routine appointment. We also believe that dental cleanings should be affordable for all, which is why we accept a variety of different payment methods. Ready to improve your oral health and work towards a happier, healthier smile? Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
At All Pro Dental we understand that for many children (and some adults) the dentist can bring on certain anxieties. That is why we work hard to provide a dental space that comforting and educational. We want you and your families to feel confident in your dental procedures and to learn more about dental health when you visit us.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Cavities
A cavity is caused by the erosion of your tooth due to bacteria in your mouth. Often referred to as “tooth decay”, cavities can appear above or below the gum line as well as in between teeth. Once a cavity passes the outermost layer of your tooth, the damage is irreversible and a filling will be recommended. A dental filling works by removing the decayed section of the tooth and replacing it with a synthetic material.
You may have heard from a friend that their dentist told them that their cavity was reversible. This is true in some cases. If a cavity is caught in its earliest stages, proper brushing and flossing can prevent the cavity from continuing to erode at your teeth. Unfortunately, many patients have cavities that have already spread past the outermost layer of their teeth. In those cases, the only solution is to remove the decay before it spreads further.
Choosing the right toothpaste and toothbrush might seem daunting at first with so many options all claiming to fight cavities, whiten teeth, decrease plaque, etc. But in reality there is an easy way to find the right tooth care products. The American Dental Association places a seal of acceptance on all products that are proven to help people fight cavities and gum disease.
Unfortunately, our teeth do not immediately signal to us when we have a cavity. While tooth aches might be a sign of a cavity, by the time your teeth begin to hurt, the cavity has likely been there for a while. That is why it is recommended that you see a dentist twice a year and get x-rays at least once a year to prevent a cavity from growing unnoticed.
There is often a misconception that certain “bad” foods cause cavities. While it is true that foods high in sugar or liquids with high acidic content increase the risk of decay, it is important to understand that many “healthy” foods have natural sugars as well as natural acid content. Often we conflate food that is healthy for our bodies with healthy for our teeth. Even natural fruit juices can be bad for your teeth, provided you don’t brush them. When it comes to cavities it is less about what you eat/drink and instead when and how often. If you drink acidic beverages after you brush your teeth at night that acid can eat away at your teeth until you wake up the next morning. If you eat sugary foods and don’t floss that food can stick around for a while. As long as you brush and floss often you can decrease the length of time that sugar and acidic beverages are attached to your teeth.
If you lose a dental filling you should call a dentist right away. Between calling the dentist and going you should rinse your mouth out with water; if there is bleeding use a clean cloth or gauze to stop the bleeding. An ice pack or cold compress can help decrease swelling and pain. You will need to get your filling replaced to protect your tooth from damage.
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