While practicing good oral health, such as regularly brushing, avoiding
sugary foods, and flossing after every meal can be important in preventing
tooth decay, most people will find themselves in need of a dental filling
at some point in their lives. Fillings restore the tooth, prevent further
damage, and allow the tooth to function as normal. Wondering if you need
a filling? Continue reading our blog to learn more about identifying symptoms
and when you need to schedule an appointment with a dentist.
Signs & Symptoms of Tooth Decay
When the tooth suffers from decay, a dentist will need to remove the decayed
area, clean around the decay, and fill the tooth with certain material
to prevent bacteria from entering. This filling material can be gold,
silver, plastic, or porcelain. Depending on the location of the filling
and your specific dental needs, a dentist can use any of these substances
to mend your teeth.
There are a few signs that can indicate that it is time for a filling:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods
- Pain when biting or chewing on a certain tooth
- General tooth pain
- Dark spot on the surface of the tooth
- Tearing floss in a particular spot
- Food being stuck in certain sports
- Rough, broken, chipped, or fractured tooth
- Filling that has already fallen out
However, just because you don't notice any of these symptoms does not
mean that you won't still need a filling. In some instances, cavities
and decay can be found deep under the surface of the tooth and can only
be discovered using an x-ray.
A dentist will look at each tooth, one by one, for soft spots and decay.
Usually, they will dry the tooth using air and then probe the tooth with
a tool. If the probe sticks slightly in suspicious soft spots, it can
indicate decay that will need to be addressed as soon as possible.
If you have not received a check-up in longer than six months, it is time
to get examined by a dentist. Schedule an appointment
with Dr. Nidhi A. Pai, DMD to help keep your teeth healthy for years and
years to come!