If you have fillings, you're not alone. According to Science Daily, the average American has at least three fillings. At Rush Creek Dentistry, we care about helping our patients avoid cavities, as well as understand the process of fillings when they are needed.
Causes of Cavities
Cavities occur when holes are formed in the teeth. Some of the most common causes of cavities include:
- Excessive plaque, bacteria, or acid buildup
- Poor brushing habits
- Chronic dry mouth, as saliva is used to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth
- Unhealthy foods or drinks
- Underlying medical problems
Most cavities are found through laser cavity detection or x-rays.
Types of Fillings
There are several common types of fillings available to fit a variety of budgets and circumstances. Some materials that fillings may be made from include:
- Composite resin, a white material that matches the rest of the tooth
- Silver amalgam, which is a blend of metals that create one of the most common types of fillings
How Should I Prepare for a Filling?
Before receiving a filling, it is a good idea to be sure your medical records and insurance information are current. If it is your first filling, you should also ask your dentist any questions you have about the procedure before your appointment.
Pain Management and Treatment After Fillings
Tooth sensitivity may occur after receiving fillings, particularly shortly after the anesthetic used during the procedure wears off. This is especially common in the case of metal fillings. Avoid the cause of the pain as much as possible, such as cold or air, and take an over-the-counter pain medication if needed. Consult your dentist regarding severe tooth pain or any type of pain that lasts longer than two weeks, as this may be the result of a leaking or otherwise poorly-placed filling.
Learn More About Cavities
At Rush Creek Dentistry, we prioritize promoting proper tooth care, but we understand that cavities happen to many people even with proper oral hygiene. When our patients do need fillings, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about tooth care or to schedule an appointment!