Dentists have been placing fillings and saving teeth for hundreds of years. Although sealing a cavity is the top reason for a dental filling, it is not the only use. Here are five noteworthy reasons why fillings are placed.
- All Cavities Require Immediate Attention
Cavities of any shape or size require prompt dental fillings. If tooth decay has led to the formation of a cavity, your Houston dentist will remove the damaged area with a drill and fill-in space. A dental filling can last from five years to 20.
- Even Tiny Gaps in Teeth Can Benefit from Dental Fillings
Some patients have tiny holes in one or more teeth that can benefit from the reinforcement of a filling. These diminutive pockets are not true cavities and there may be no pain or discomfort. But if the holes are not filled, bacteria and food debris will accumulate in the gaps and eventually cause decay. These open gaps can also expand into larger holes.
- A Fractured Tooth Might Need A Dental Filling
A tooth fracture can be repaired with a composite filling. Fractures happen for many reasons. Sometimes the damage is caused by a fall, physical contact while playing a sport, a car accident, or biting on something hard. Even the process of aging can lead to more brittle teeth and fractures. Wearing a sports guard will protect teeth and soft tissues when participating in physical activities. Your Houston dentist can discuss the benefits of restoring fractured teeth with dental fillings.
- Dental Fillings for Discolored Teeth
In some cases, the dentist uses white composite to restore teeth that have become stained or discolored from highly-pigmented or acidic foods and drinks. Teeth grinding and using teeth as tools to open things can lead to discoloration.
- Dental Fillings After the Loss of Tooth Structure
A damaged tooth is a vulnerable structure. If too much of the enamel is missing, a filling may be needed to for support and stability. A dental filling will also help reshape the tooth enhancing the visual uniformity of the mouth.
Call us at (832) 831-9101for more information about dental fillings from Texas Dental Center or to schedule an appointment in our Houston office.