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Cavity FillingAn Overview

Do you need a tooth cavity filed? Tired of  tooth pain keeping you up at night?

Dental fillings are used to repair teeth that are decayed, worn down, or damaged. A dental filling will restore strength and beauty to your tooth and help protect it from future damage.

A dentist has many choices in material for dental fillings. We will help you choose the right type of dental filling for your condition, and your budget. When possible, our dentists prefer to use metal-free dental filling material for the most natural looking restorations, with the least potential side effects.

Valley Dental Health is a great choice for a family and general dentist near Hunt Valley, MD and surrounding areas. Our team is led by Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat. Together, they have training in all areas of dentistry and are able to provide complete care under one roof.

Treating Tooth Pain and Toothaches

Tooth pain can affect your daily routine, and often seems to occur at the most inconvenient time. A toothache can have a variety of causes. You can try at-home treatments like warm rinses, external cold compresses, or a pain reliever to temporarily relieve the pain.

Although, this does not get to the root of the issue. Do not place an oral pain reliever directly on the affected area or attempt to repair or remove a loose filling.

Dr. Izadi will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to identify the cause of the toothache. We will recommend appropriate treatment to restore your oral health as soon as possible. Some common issues that can be affecting you include:

  • Tooth cavity: Pain can be caused by infection that has reached the interior part of the tooth, known as the pulp.
  • Tooth sensitivity: Patients with sensitive teeth may experience pain when consuming something hot or cold or when exposed to extreme temperatures.
  • Tooth grinding: Bruxism can cause teeth to become sensitive or even damaged.
  • Loose dental filling: Old amalgam fillings that have deteriorated over time can expose sensitive tissue, causing pain.
  • Cracked tooth: Cracks in teeth are a breeding ground for tooth-eating bacteria.

Depending on the cause of your tooth pain, we may recommend a dental filling, root canal, mouthguard or at-home dental products such as toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Restoring your oral health is important to prevent further damage or infection.

A toothache can often be avoided with routine dental care. Regular visits with Valley Dental Health helps us spot developing dental problems before they become a painful problem.

Cavity Filling What to Expect

Never needing a dental filling is absolutely ideal. You can help prevent the need for dental fillings by brushing and flossing daily. Remember that dental cavities form between teeth. Limiting your sweets and visiting the dentist regularly are other ways to help reduce the chances you’ll need a dental filling.

Types of Dental Fillings

Resin Dental Fillings – Resin dental fillings are “white fillings” made from a biocompatible composite resin. Applied directly to the tooth and then cured with a special light, resin dental fillings are generally used for minor problems and tooth decay. Resin dental fillings are bonded to healthy tooth structure and are long lasting, but not permanent.

Porcelain Dental Fillings – Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays or partial crowns. Ideal for patients with more significant damage or decay, porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain fillings could last many years.

Amalgam Dental Fillings – Amalgam dental fillings are “silver fillings”. These are very safe and effective. Silver fillings are traditionally used on back teeth because they are able to withstand significant force. Silver fillings are durable and very long lasting, although many patients choose to replace them with more esthetic metal-free restorations.

Gold Inlay Fillings – Gold fillings are often called inlays or onlays. They are made of an alloy of gold, copper and other metals. Gold fillings are very comfortable and considered the longest lasting dental filling.

Cavity Filling FAQs

How Does the Dentist Choose the Material for a Filling?

There are multiple materials to choose from when getting a dental filling. The price of each varies depending on the material used. Composite fillings have become increasingly popular. Composite fillings are cured with UV light so they tend to come with less pain than metal fillings. They also are made to match individuals’ tooth colors.

How Long Will My Filling Last?

On average dental fillings last anywhere between 5-15 years. Their lifespan can be extended by flossing and brushing your teeth twice daily, and scheduling regular dental visits and cleanings. The best thing that patients can do to take care of their fillings and help them last longer before needing a replacement is to practice good oral care.

Will I Be in Pain After a dental filling?

Patients commonly report some pain and sensitivity for 2-3 days after getting a dental filling. They are usually told to eat soft or cold items after the filling. Patients are likely going to be most sensitive to cold food and drinks, so keep this in mind when choosing food after getting a filling.