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What Is a Filling? 

Dec 24 2021

A dental filling is a common dental procedure that most people have undergone. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we are experts at applying fillings, as well as providing a range of dental services, including dental cleanings, fillings, crowns, and more. If you are suffering tooth pain or discomfort, you may have a cavity and need a filling. To learn more about dental fillings and how our experienced dentist can help you improve your oral health, call us today. 

What Is Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a type of dental treatment where a cavity in a tooth is removed, and then the existing space is filled. Dental fillings can be made of various different materials, and are traditionally gold, porcelain, silver, amalgam, and composite resin. Today, most fillings are a composite material; gold and silver are not only expensive, but are also not as attractive as a composite material that can be made to match teeth. 

When Are Dental Fillings Necessary?

Dental fillings are necessary to treat cavities. If cavities are not removed, they can become more severe, leading to tooth rot and decay, as well as gum disease in serious cases. A cavity cannot just be removed, though; it must be filled. If a cavity is not filled, then the remaining hole is an area where bacteria will likely gather, increasing the risk of future cavities. Sometimes, a temporary filling may be placed instead of a permanent filling. A temporary filling may be used after a root canal, as an emergency dental treatment, or for a filling that will require more than one appointment. Just remember that if you get a temporary filling, it will fall out and you will need to return to your dentist. 

How to Care for Dental Filling

The good news about dental fillings is that they are incredibly low-maintenance and you should care for your filling just as you would care for your mouth without fillings. This means brushing regularly (at least twice a day), flossing every night before bed, and avoiding foods that can lead to early tooth decay, such as sugary beverages. If you have a temporary filling, ask your dentist if you need to avoid certain foods or engage in any other type of special care. 

Make an Appointment with a Qualified Dentist Today

At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we know how important dental fillings are for treating cavities. To learn more about dental fillings or to schedule an appointment for a dental check-up today, please reach out to us by phone or online at your convenience. We are accepting new patients. 

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