Dental fillings are the process of removing cavities or old fillings and replacing them with tooth-colored material in order to preserve and maintain the health of your tooth. The purpose of the dental filling is to seal and protect the tooth, but also maintain the original shape to keep function and esthetics. Dental fillings are a quick and pain-free process.
Dental fillings may be necessary to treat the following:
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Cavities are one of the most common health issues today. Dental caries (cavities) are the process in which permanent damage is done to the outer, hard surface of your tooth. This can be due many factors, including a diet high in sugar or poor oral hygiene. They are detected with clinical examination and routine radiographs by a dentist. Often times patients may notice changes in their tooth that indicate a cavity is present, but this isn't always the case.
Typical signs of a cavity include:
In most cases, by the time the tooth breaks or sensitivity develops, they cavity is very advanced and treatment options can be limited. Routine cavity check x-rays (bitewing radiographs) are an important part of your routine dental checkup. This helps your dentist monitor your teeth and detect any changes or early signs of cavity development. Early management of cavities by dental fillings is important to preserve the health of a tooth. If left untreated, cavities will continue to grow and may lead to pain, infection or even tooth loss.