Are you experiencing pain from a cavity? Depending on the severity of the decay, a treatment plan is likely needed. If the tooth is still structurally sound and a filling is the best course of treatment, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and filled with a composite resin material or a traditional silver amalgam material. Cracked, broken teeth and worn teeth from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding) can also be repaired by fillings.
Fillings can be constructed from gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or glass materials called composite resin fillings.
Caring for fillings
To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices and be sure to have regular cleanings. Brush with a toothpaste containing fluoride, and floss at least once daily. If you suspect a filling might be cracked, we can take X-rays to assess the situation. Symptoms of a cracked filling:
- your tooth is extremely sensitive,
- you feel a sharp edge,
- you notice a crack in the filling,
- a piece of the filling is missing,