Fillings protect your teeth from further decay and research indicates that 92% of adults who are 20-64 years old have at least one cavity in their permanent teeth. At Oasis Family Dental in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Paula Skowronski-Adamiak, DDS, is an experienced general and cosmetic dentist who treats cavities in patients of all ages. Fillings can prevent tooth loss and more extensive dental work like root canals. If you have cavities, call or click online to schedule an appointment to learn about tooth-colored fillings and other available options.
Not all early signs of tooth decay require fillings, but only your dentist can determine the extent of decay and how to best protect your teeth. If you have any of the following symptoms, don’t ignore them:
At the early stages of a cavity, you might not experience any discomfort, which is why it’s so important to get regular dental checkups. But an untreated cavity can cause extreme discomfort and become infected.
Depending on where your cavity is and how big it is, you might be able to choose the type of filling that not only protects your tooth but is aesthetically pleasing as well. Some common filling materials include:
Each material has advantages and disadvantages in function and aesthetics. Depending on your oral health, your age, and where the filling is, your dentist can help you decide which option is best for you.
Follow good oral hygiene practices at home and schedule dental visits as your dentist recommends, which is usually twice a year or more if needed. Brush and floss your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and your filling should last a long time. Fillings are made from durable materials, but it’s possible to damage one over the years so it needs to be replaced.
Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth to prevent chipping or cracking a filling. If a filling becomes loose, food particles can get trapped under the filling and lead to additional decay. If the decay goes undiagnosed, it can progress to the point of needing a root canal.
As long as you maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, your fillings and the rest of your teeth should stay healthy.
If you need a new filling, a replacement, or you experience a toothache, contact Oasis Family Dental by phone or through the online scheduler. Don’t wait to seek treatment.