5 Reasons You May Need a Filling

5 Reasons You May Need a Filling

Dental fillings have been in use for ages and have saved countless teeth. Dental fillings are typically used to fill in the space left after a cavity is drilled. But there are many other reasons for the procedure, which is equally of importance.

1. Cavities of all sizes and shapes require prompt dental fillings.

Your dentist alone can decide the extent of your tooth decay, and the cavity will require drilling and then dental filling. The dentist will drill out the affected part of the teeth before applying a filling. The filling can last from 5 to 20 years.

2. Even small holes in teeth can benefit from dental fillings.

There are instances tiny holes appear on a tooth. This small hole needs to be promptly filled even if they do not cause discomfort and are not necessarily cavities. This is because food particles and bacteria might be trapped inside the holes and can lead to tooth decay eventually. It is also possible the holes might expand except they are filled promptly.

3. A fractured tooth might require a dental filling.

A fractured tooth is most likely to be due to a trauma to the tooth from an accident. Chewing on hard objects or even aging can also cause a tooth fracture. A composite dental filling is very effective in remedying most cases of a fractured tooth. Discuss with your dentist to know the best course of treatment for your tooth fracture.

4. Dental fillings can be used for discolored teeth.

Teeth discoloration are caused by exposure overtime to wine, soda pop, coffee, candy and other acidic food and beverages. Teeth grinding and using the teeth as an opener can also cause teeth discoloration. Some dentists use dental fillings to treat discolored teeth effectively.

5. Dental fillings can help after the gradual loss of tooth structure.

Damage to a tooth will put the tooth structure at risk. Applying dental filing will support and save the tooth. It will also ensure aesthetic uniformity throughout the mouth.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.