When bacteria and plaque build up and decay takes its toll, it can leave that tiny hole in a tooth known as a cavity. More often than not, cavities show up in people’s premolars and molars. This is because these teeth are used for chewing and grinding down all the delicious food we eat, increasing the chances of food and bacteria settling in there. Not only that, but those back teeth are also the hardest to reach, which can make them the hardest to clean. Those small grooves and crevices on the tops of those teeth are the perfect place for cavities to get comfy.
That being said, it’s completely possible for cavities to occur on front teeth too. And yes, we can still use dental fillings on front teeth! Many dental practices, including Savannah Dental Care, now offer composite fillings that are tooth-colored so they don’t look as noticeable as the silver or gold ones. This allows patients to still restore their dental health without having to worry about how the treatment will make their smile look.
How Do I Know I Need a Dental Filling?
Sometimes cavities prompt some noticeable symptoms, but other times they’re deep down within a tooth. That’s why it’s best to have a dental professional take a look. Here are some general things that might signal trouble that you can look out for:
- Temperature sensitivity
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Dark spot on a tooth
- Chipped, fractured, or broken tooth
What to Do After Getting a Filling
After you’ve received a tooth filling, you may still feel a little bit of sensitivity to hot or cold. Don’t worry; this is normal! In a matter of days this feeling will go away. If you feel any sensitivity when you bite down, you should contact your dentist so they can smooth the filling and correct your bite.
If you’re concerned that you have a cavity, contact our Aubrey dental office. We can take a look and recommend any necessary treatment!Request Appointment