Learn more about harmful foods here: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/dental-health/which-foods-cause-tooth-decay/
- Plaque: Plaque, especially behind the tooth can build up, creating a stubborn almost impenetrable wall. Mouth hygienists can easily clean off stubborn plaque during a visit. If left untreated for a long period, this plaque can cause holes and cavities.
- Bad Oral Hygiene: There’s a reason why our parents made such a big fuss about us brushing our teeth. It is the fundamental habit that avoids cavities from forming. Not brushing your teeth regularly will allow plaque and bacteria to build up and destroy enamel.
The only way in which a cavity can be treated is by getting a tooth filling.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER GETTING A TOOTH FILLING?
Even if you don’t expect that you have a cavity that needs to be filled, you must go for regular dentist visits. Visiting a dentist will prevent any serious cavities from forming in the future as well as ensure oral hygiene.
If you do experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to visit your local dentist:
- Sensitivity: Whenever you feel an unusual pressure or sensitivity when biting, chewing, or drinking.
- Pain: Experiencing pain in a specific tooth is a common symptom of tooth problems. Especially if the toothache persists.
- Texture: When rolling over your teeth with your tongue, if you feel a sharp edge, hole, or pit then it is clear that you suffer from a cavity. This doesn’t include a chip that might occur in an accident or when you bite too hard on something.
Read this to learn more about different types of oral illnesses.
WHAT IS A TOOTH FILLING?
Fillings are a dentistry term referring to filling holes in teeth. It’s important to get a filling in a tooth that has a crack, hole, chip, or cavity, to prevent further inflammation and serious pain.
Depending on the dentist’s experience and on-hand equipment, they will use a chosen technique or filler material to fix the tooth. It’s therefore important to put some effort into finding the perfect dentist, that will be able to provide you with quality service while using top-notch instruments.
WHAT KIND OF TOOTH FILLINGS ARE AVAILABLE?
Back in the day, dentists used colored fillings and white or beige tooth-colored materials weren’t available. Luckily, this has all changed and the choices have become broader.
Depending on your budget, preference, and your dentist’s ability you can choose between any of the following fillers:
- Gold: Although quite expensive, gold fillings have been the material of choice amongst many high-class individuals. It is high in durability and can last a lifetime.
However, when two gold fillings are placed next to each other, or next to a silver one, a galvanic shock might occur. Which is a sharp pain caused by the metals interacting with one another.
- Silver: Not as expensive as gold material, silver fillings are durable and can last up to 15 years. Because of its silver/gray aesthetic, it’s not as pleasing to the eye.
- Tooth-colored: A modern preference amongst many is the tooth-colored filling. They are safe and effective teeth fillings that match the color of the natural teeth. Although their longevity isn’t as long as gold and silver metal, they are much more versatile in use.
These composite fillings are used in repairing broken, worn, and chipped teeth. Even in an open view of the mouth. Another advantage is that dentists don’t have to remove big parts of the tooth to make way for the composite as with gold and silver.
Other materials that can be used are glass ionomer, acrylic, and ceramics.
It is clear that this kind of procedure is very delicate and complex. Only a trained and educated dentist will be able to perform a safe, durable, and hygienic procedure. Since a little bit of anesthesia is involved, it’s important that you find a dentist in your area that is credible, have the correct certifications as well as the relevant equipment to perform the procedure to a high quality.