5 Reasons You May Need a Dental Filling

Posted on: January 16, 2018

Dental fillings have been around for centuries.  These nifty little oral health aids have saved countless teeth.  Most people assume the only reason to get a dental filling is to occupy the space remaining after a cavity is drilled.  Though filling a cavity is undoubtedly the top reason for a dental filling, there are some additional reasons worth noting.

Let's take a look at the top five reasons why dental fillings are necessary.

1. Cavities of All Sizes and Shapes Require Prompt Dental Fillings

Only a dentist will be able to tell if you have a cavity that requires drilling and a subsequent dental filling.  If you have tooth decay that causes cavity formation, your dentist will drill out the affected portion of the tooth and apply a filling.  This filling has the potential to last between five years and upwards of a couple decades.

2. Even Small Holes in Teeth Can Benefit From Dental Fillings

In some cases, a patient has diminutive holes in one or several teeth that will benefit from a filling.  These holes are not necessarily cavities.  Such holes might not even cause any sort of discomfort yet they should be filled.  If these little holes in teeth are not filled in a timely manner, there is the potential for the accumulation of food particles and bacteria that will inevitably cause tooth decay.  Furthermore, it is possible these holes will expand unless they are filled in a timely manner.

3. A Fractured Tooth Might Require a Dental Filling

In many cases, a fractured tooth can be remedied with a white composite filling.  Teeth fracture for various reasons.  Some such fractures are caused by physical contact occurring during participation in sporting events.  A slip and fall, an auto accident or any other type of contact to the mouth area can also cause a tooth fracture.  Chewing on something hard like a pencil or a pen can lead to tooth fracture.  Even the aging process can lead to a fractured tooth.  Always wear a mouthguard when participating in sports to protect your teeth against such fractures.  Discuss the merits of using dental fillings for fractured teeth and you will likely be surprised as to how effective they are.

4. Dental Fillings for Discolored Teeth

Some dentists apply fillings to teeth that have become discolored over the years after extensive exposure to wine, coffee, soda pop, candy and other acidic foods and beverages.  Even teeth grinding and the use of teeth to open things can cause discoloration.  If you have discolored teeth, ask your dentist about the possibility of applying a filling.

5. Dental Fillings Can Help After the Gradual Loss of Tooth Structure

When a tooth is damaged, its structure will be put in jeopardy.  If enough of this tooth structure is lost, it might be necessary to apply a dental filling for enhanced support and visual uniformity throughout the mouth.

Call us at (530) 982-4077 for more information from Pier 210 Dental Group or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in Auburn.

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