Tooth fillings can keep a cavity or chipped tooth from becoming a bigger problem—and your Aspen Dental care team is here to help.
Did you need a filling at your recent dental appointment? You likely had a cavity. A cavity is a tiny opening formed as a result of damaged tooth enamel. Bacteria, sugary food, poor dental hygiene and even wear are typical causes. Signs of a cavity include:
Sudden, unexplained mouth pain, or pain when biting down or chewing—although this could be a sign of a more advanced dental issue
Teeth sensitivity near the cavity
White, brown or black spots on the tooth surface
Visible holes in the tooth or teeth
If your teeth are cracked or damaged, they require more extensive work than a simple tooth filling. A root canal or extraction are likely your only option to relieve pain and prevent further infection of your surrounding teeth and gums.
Signs of a cracked tooth include:
Sharp pain when biting down that quickly disappears.
Intermittent mouth pain
Pain when drinking or eating
Feeling like you have something stuck between your teeth
Most dental filling procedures at Aspen Dental work like this:
Application of a local anesthetic to limit pain or discomfort
The removal of any decay from the affected tooth or teeth
Tooth or teeth restoration with a composite or amalgam (silver/metal)
A bite check to make sure your teeth align comfortably
If you have tooth sensitivity, or know you have a cavity or chipped tooth, call your dentist right away. A dental filling can help prevent further damage. And if you feel a bit apprehensive, that’s OK. Dental anxiety is very normal, and your Aspen Dental care team can help guide you through it every step of the way.
Let’s work together to keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.