TOOTH FILLINGS in Allen
EARLY TOOTH DECAY
ADVANCED TOOTH DECAY
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Did you know that tooth decay is the most prevalent disease on the planet and it’s contagious? You don’t have to have any pain in order to have it. Tooth fillings that you have had done in the past will need maintenance in order to seal out bacteria causing decay in the future.
TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS in Allen
When you do need to have a tooth repaired or older fillings replaced, we use natural looking tooth colored fillings in Allen. The treatment is quick and easy and the fillings look so natural that no one knows you have it except you and the dentist.
TOOTH COLORED FILLING PROCEDURE
If your tooth needs a filling, the tooth will be numbed completely. Nitrous oxide can also be used to help you relax if desired. Once the tooth is numb, the decayed part of the tooth will be removed to stop it from growing bigger and consuming the entire tooth. Once the decay is removed, it is cleaned thoroughly and dried. A special tooth bond is used to bond the filling to the tooth. Once the filling is put into the tooth, it is shaped and then hardened. Finally, the filling is leveled with the other teeth and polished smooth.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A TOOTH COLORED FILLING PROCEDURE
After your tooth-colored filling procedure, your mouth will be numb. Do not eat anything that you have to chew until the numbing has worn off. Once the numbing wears off your mouth may be sore where the numbing was given, Ibuprofen can be used to reduce the soreness. It is normal for the tooth to be sensitive to cold temperatures for a few days to a few weeks, this resolves over time. After the numbness wears off it is important to clench your teeth together to make sure your teeth are closing evenly. If your teeth are not closing evenly, let the dentist know as you will need a simple adjustment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FILLINGS
Find the answers below to the most frequently asked questions about tooth fillings in Allen. Having the answers to these key questions can help you choose the right Allen dentist for you. If you don't see the answer below to a question you have, reach out to All Smiles Dentistry at (972) 747-1996 and our team can help!
When your tooth is decaying, the decay needs to be removed to stop it from growing to consume the entire tooth. When the decay is removed, it leaves a hole in the tooth that must be filled to keep food and debris out of it. A tooth-colored filling is placed in the hole to return the tooth to its original shape.
When a tooth is going to have a dental filling procedure, the tooth is numbed and cannot feel pain.
If the tooth already has a filling, although they are called "permanent fillings," they do not last forever. They are called permanent because there is not a plan to replace them in the near future, however the tooth structure around the filling is still subject to bacteria and decay, especially at the margin between the filling and the tooth. If tooth decay is noticed around an old filling, the filling and any underlying tooth decay should be removed and a new filling placed. There are a few signs that indicate that a filling may have tooth decay around it or under it. With a silver amalgam filling you can see the tooth start turning dark around the filling, you may notice a tiny gap forming around the filling which lets bacteria in, or there may be a crack in the tooth around the filling or in the filling itself which all allow bacteria access to a deeper part of the tooth. These are all reasons to replace an old filling. You can tell a tooth colored filling is failing when you can see a brown line around the edge. It is urgent to replace a filling that has decay around the edges to prevent the new filling from being larger. The larger the filling is, the weaker the tooth is.
A dental filling can last as long as the bacteria that causes tooth decay does not leak between the tooth and filling to decay the tooth again. This can happen over time, because like all things used frequently, the bond between the tooth and filling will break down. There are many factors that contribute to this breakdown including, the size of the filling, the forces put on the teeth when chewing or grinding teeth and how clean the teeth are. The bigger the filling, the faster it will wear out. People who clench their teeth will have their fillings wear out faster. People with cleaner mouths will have their fillings last longer.
Most fillings placed today are tooth colored fillings that do not have Mercury in them. If you have a silver filling that does have Mercury, there is probably no reason to worry about Mercury poisoning. However, the chances are that the filling needs to be replaced because of decay especially if the filling is over 10 years old.