By Dr. Craig Blogin
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Procedures

What your dentist in Ann Arbor wants you to knowfilling

If you have tooth pain, sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do. Your first step is to visit your dentist for a dental exam and x-rays. Often, you will just need a simple filling. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as you can so the simple filling doesn’t turn into more extensive treatment. So, how do you know if you need a filling? Dr. Craig Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI, wants to share a few of the signs and symptoms that can lead to a dental filling.

Many fillings are placed to fill in a cavity created by tooth decay. Some of the signs and symptoms of tooth decay which can lead to a filling include:

  • A visible, open hole in your tooth surface
  • A brown or black stain on your tooth which can’t be removed
  • Acute, sharp pain when you bite down or eat
  • Sudden throbbing or aching when you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages
  • A toothache that doesn’t go away

Fillings are sometimes necessary to replace an old filling that has begun to leak. Signs and symptoms of a leaking filling are similar to those listed above, and you also need to look for:

  • A filling that is chipped, cracked, or broken
  • A crumbling, broken margin where the filling meets your tooth surface

If you need a filling, don’t worry, because today’s filling materials offer both strength and cosmetic beauty. Modern filling materials blend with your smile and are virtually invisible to people around you. Cosmetic fillings use composite, a liquid resin material that can be sculpted to the exact shape of your tooth. Once placed, the liquid material is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light.

Another choice of filling material is porcelain, which has the added advantage of being stain-resistant. Porcelain fillings are custom-made and may require an additional appointment.

If you are experiencing some of the signs and symptoms of needing a filling, don’t wait to seek out treatment. If you delay treatment, you may suffer pulp damage and need a root canal, or you can even lose your tooth. Getting a filling is easy and conservative and it may save your smile. For more information about fillings and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive services call Dr. Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI. Call today!

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