Signs That You Might Need a Filling
Fillings can be used to strengthen and restore teeth affected by infection or decay, two conditions that can become quite serious if left untreated. Located in Woodbridge, VA, the dental practice of Dr. Charles Sours uses fillings to save their clients' smiles—read on to learn if this treatment is right for you!
Types of Fillings
Several options are available when it comes to dental fillings. Metal fillings, such as traditional silver amalgam or cast gold, are a strong and durable option. There are also several types of tooth-colored fillings, which are a more discreet alternative to metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can be made from a plastic-and-glass composite mixture, porcelain, or glass ionomer. Each type of tooth-colored filling offers distinct benefits and your Woodbridge dentist can help you select the best option for you.
Signs a Filling is Needed
A filling is often needed when a cavity develops inside an infected tooth. A dental filling is used to fill, seal, strengthen, and restore a tooth after its infected areas have been removed. Signs you may need a filling due to the formation of a dental caries or cavity include:
- A visible hole in the tooth
- Changes in the color of the tooth
- Pain when biting into food
- A persistent toothache
- Sensitivity to hot or cold items
- Sensitivity to sweets
Dental fillings are quite durable and can often last for many years with proper care. However, dental fillings do sometimes need to be replaced. During your regular six-month appointments at our Woodbridge office, your dentist can inspect the existing fillings and identify any that should be replaced. Signs that an existing filling need to be replaced include:
- The filling is worn down
- The filling has cracked
- The filling is loose
- The filling falls out
- Soreness develops in a filled tooth
Concerned? Give us a call!
To find out if you need a filling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sours, your Woodbridge dentist, by calling the dental office at (708) 491-2131.