Dental Fillings in Lewiston Maine
Fillings are the most often prescribed procedure for cavities. Cavities are formed when dental decay begins to erode our teeth. A filling involves removing the decayed section of the tooth and filling the gap or indent with a synthetic material that is designed to be durable long-term. If you experience tooth pain or notice other signs of cavities, you shouldn’t wait until your next regular check-up. Catching a cavity early can be the difference between needing a filling and just needing to adjust your oral care.
Types of Dental Cavities
There are three major types of dental cavities:
- Root Cavities: As the name suggests, a root cavity develops on the root section of the tooth. This can happen right at the gumline or under the gums. If the decay spreads to the tooth pulp (the inner layer of the tooth) a root canal procedure will often be necessary.
- Pit/Fissure Cavities: These cavities are often formed in the moalrs. They occur near the chewing surface of the tooth. They are common because it is easy for food to get stuck in the natural divots in our molars. Dental sealants can actually help prevent these cavities by adding a protecting layer to this section of your teeth.
- Smooth-Surface Cavities: These cavities can form between teeth or the on the smooth surface of your tooth’s crown. They are the least common type of cavity. These cavities take longer to grow which means it is possible to reverse them if caught early. Improving your dental habits, using fluoride treatments, and getting a professional cleaning can prevent the need for a filling.
Symptoms of A Dental Cavity
Unfortunately, our teeth are not that sensitive on the outside. Because of this many cavities are “asymptomatic” for a while. You could experience a decent amount of decay and not notice it in the slightest. That is why dentists recommend routine visits. X-rays and dental exams can locate cavities you might not feel. That being said there are some symptoms that do appear:
- Toothache: Sudden pain or consistent pain can be a symptom of a dental cavity. In fact, this can be a symptom of a few different dental issues. Regardless, any oral pain is a good reason to call a dentist.
- Sensitivity: Sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweet foods and beverages can be a sign that your enamel has been eroded by decay.
- Visible Holes/Pits: If you can see visible holes or indents in your teeth developing or brown/black spots on your teeth, this could be a sign of a dental cavity.
Dental Cavity Frequently Asked Questions:
Unfortunately the symptoms of dental cavities are not uniform. Different people may experience different symptoms. That said, pain when biting down, tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and visible holes/pits in your teeth are all signs of dental decay. However, you can develop a cavity and not notice it for a prolonged period of time. Regular checkups are recommended to prevent unnoticed tooth decay.
It is common to not notice that a cavity is forming. You should see a dentist twice a year every year to help prevent the formation of cavities. However, if you notice pain or sensitivity in your mouth, you may want to schedule a dental visit.
There are a variety of materials that have been used for dental fillings. Some of the most common are composite, ceramic, silver amalgam, and glass ionomer fillings. Of course traditionally, fillings were made with metals, but these new materials are designed to both look more natural while also being more durable.
Most dental insurances will either fully cover or partially cover a dental filling. However, if you do not have dental insurance or your insurance is not compatiable with the dental office you are going to you may need to pay out of pocket. The prices for fillings are dependent on the material being used. The majority of traditional filling materials fall in the $50 – $250 range, however, some unique materials like porcelain or cast-gold fillings can cost thousands of dollars.
If your filling falls out you need to call a dentist immediately. In between now and your dental appointment, avoid chewing on that teeth. If you are experiencing oral discomfort, consider using a pain reliever like aspirin.
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