Frequently Asked Questions about Restorative and Cosmetic Dental Fillings
For many people, learning that they need a dental filling often comes as a surprise. Their mind immediately reverts to the old-fashioned metal fillings that were once so popular decades ago. After that, they start asking questions about whether or not there are alternatives to a mouth of mercury. At Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry, we know that your smile is one of your most important assets. That’s why we’ve provided the following list of the most commonly heard questions about dental fillings in Pompano Beach.
Why do I need a dental filling? Dental fillings are used in restorative dentistry to help build a tooth that’s been damaged by decay or trauma back to its original form and function. Without a dental filling, the tooth’s integrity will continue to be compromised, and in severe cases, it may result in extraction.
Are there signs that I can look for to let me know I need a dental filling?
Yes, and we’ll get to those in a moment. However, it’s important to point out that there is not a way to fully determine whether or not a dental filling is needed than through an evaluation at a multi-specialty dental practice like Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry. If you notice any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office for immediate treatment to prevent further damage since these symptoms may also be signaling an infection or gum disease:
- I experience sensitivity when I’m biting down or eating certain foods
- I feel rough surfaces on one or more teeth
- I can’t floss without it becoming trapped on one or more teeth
- I experience discomfort after eating because food is getting caught in my teeth
- I experience unexpected, sharp pain in one or more teeth with hot or cold drinks and food
New and Improved Tooth-Colored Fillings
As mentioned, there have been so many advances made in modern dentistry over recent years, and one of those is the ability to treat an affected tooth with a tooth-colored filling instead of the once-used metal filling. Each filling can be custom matched to your teeth so no one will notice it. That’s right, with a tooth-colored filling you’ll be able to laugh, smile, talk, and even yawn with confidence that no one will be staring at your dental work!
The Takeaway About Dental Fillings
It is always best to get a dental filling while the cavity or other trauma is small. To wait longer usually equates to more extensive dental work – like a dental crown – being required. For that reason, Beautiful Smiles Family Dentistry encourages you to make an appointment today with our dental care team to learn more about tooth-colored fillings in Pompano Beach and other restorative dentistry provided in our comfortable, family-friendly dentist office.