Does My Tooth Need A Filling?

When your tooth develops a cavity, the health and stability of your smile is at risk. What may seem minor can soon lead to serious complications. When does a tooth need a filling and what does placing one involve?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings

Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?

Answer: Patients with tooth decay may experience discomfort as a result of a cavity. For example, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks can occur. In addition, toothaches that last more than 48 hours can happen as well. If you experience disorder, then see us a soon as possible for a diagnosis.

Question: What does untreated decay mean for my smile?

Answer: Without treatment, a cavity continues to grow and spread, eventually coming into contact with the inner pulp and allowing a serious infection to form. An infection can threaten the stability of your tooth and even reach surrounding teeth. However, you can avoid these serious complications by addressing a cavity early. Don’t ignore any sudden discomfort and remember to attend your routine checkups, which can allow us to identify decay in the earliest possible stages.

Question: Will my filling look natural?

Answer: Yes! A dental filling is made from composite resin and can be shaded to match surrounding teeth. We even finish the placement process by polishing the tooth, which helps ensure a more natural appearance.

Question: How do you place one?

Answer: Placement involves removing the decay from the tooth and preparing the composite resin. We then apply the material to the tooth and cure it under a light. We can shape the tooth as it cures. Finally, we polish the tooth and in one visit patients enjoys a healthier and more comfortable smile. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay or about our dental fillings, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Dental Fillings?

Our team can improve your smile and treat decay with a dental filling. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.