The Simple Solution to Tooth Decay
As much as we all dream of having perfect teeth and a stellar hygiene examination, there are times that this is not the case. As hard as we might try to maintain a fantastic oral health regimen, tooth decay can still sneak in from time to time, resulting in a cavity here and there. A cavity is caused by added bacteria in the mouth that permanently damages the enamel of the tooth, creating a small opening or hole. If not treated quickly, the cavity can continue to grow, resulting in a more extensive treatment. If you have experienced a cavity, then you know that we use what’s known as a filling to treat the damage in the tooth. We want to share a little more about fillings and how to care for your tooth following the treatment. Even if you have not had a filling yourself, you might have one in the future or have a loved one who will need the treatment at some point. Read more to learn about how to care for your mouth following this common treatment.
What is a Filling?
A filling is a form of restorative dental treatment that is used to repair decay and minor fractures or cracks in teeth. The filling will help restore the natural function of the tooth and can improve the sensitivity and bite as well. Many years ago, it was common to use silver amalgam fillings to repair teeth. Studies over the years have shown that those fillings can lead to multiple health concerns, so today we use composite fillings. One of the major benefits of composite fillings is that aesthetically they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth as they match in color.
Care Following a Filling
In terms of dental procedures, fillings are one of the more mild treatments. One of the most important things to remember following this treatment is that your mouth will be numb from anesthetic. We suggest not eating until the effects have completely worn off as to not cause further damage to the mouth. We also suggest making minor adjustments for a few days while your mouth becomes accustomed to the new filling. We recommend:
- Chewing on the other side of the mouth until healed
- Avoiding extreme hot and cold to avoid sensitivity
- Avoiding chewy and sticky foods
- Using over the counter pain medication if needed
- Chewing slowly
If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth, you might have a cavity that will need to be filled. If you are located in the Lewisville, TX area and experience any form of oral discomfort, please call our office to schedule an appointment. We will help get your mouth into top shape as soon as possible.