At Greater Dental Health, dental fillings are a restorative dental treatment used to repair a tooth broken or damaged by decay. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth form plaque on the teeth, hardening into tartar. Over time, the acids in plaque can break down tooth enamel and expose the tooth's sensitive interior. This can lead to a painful toothache. Fillings repair minor tooth decay and protect the tooth from further damage. To maintain good oral health after filling, avoid eating too hard foods like candy, apples, and ice cubes. Also, avoid chewing on hard objects, such as pens and pencils. These activities can lead to broken fillings and other dental health issues.
The Causes of Tooth Decay
Saliva in the mouth helps rinse away bacteria and food particles from the teeth and gums. Without enough saliva to wash away plaque and food debris, teeth can decay quickly.
People who eat many sugary foods and carbohydrates are at higher risk of cavities. The bacteria in their mouths feed on the sugars and starches to produce acids that disintegrate teeth and cause infections. If you frequently snack throughout the day or eat a sugar-rich diet, you may be at increased risk for tooth decay.
Chronic illnesses such as diabetes can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, certain medications can cause dry mouth or affect how your body fights off infection.
The Procedure for Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are placed inside a tooth that is decayed or damaged. During a cavity treatment, the dentist will drill out the decayed portion of the tooth and place a white dental filling directly inside the hole where the decay used to be. The dentist will then shape and polish the filling to feel comfortable within the mouth and blend it with the rest of the teeth. Fillings are also used to repair broken or fractured teeth. A dental filling can be placed on the damaged portion of the tooth to restore it to its original shape and function. In some cases, a metal crown may be used on top of a tooth that has been filled to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Filling
- Protection against further decay
- Restoration of the tooth’s shape
- Reduction of sensitivity caused by hot or cold temperatures
- Prevention of infection in the gums or other teeth
- Improvement in the appearance of the tooth
- Boosted confidence after a treatment
If you suspect you have a cavity, booking an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible is best. Our dentist will be able to diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan for restoring the health of your tooth. To learn more about dental fillings, contact Greater Dental Health at 5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 310, Floor 2, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, or call (470) 508-0044.