Do I Need a Tooth Filling?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about nine out of ten adults in the U.S. have suffered from dental caries. Many of these people go on to get fillings, but some people aren’t aware of this problem and it progresses to the level where they need to undergo a root canal. You don’t have to wait for a cavity to worsen to notice because there are many signs that can alert you of a cavity early on. In this article, Dr. Ben Kacos reveals some of those signs.
If you develop tooth pain as you eat, this may be a warning sign that you have a cavity and need a tooth filling. If the pain is spontaneous, you may have a tooth infection that has spread to the pulp inside your tooth. To preserve that tooth, you may need to undergo root canal therapy which can be performed by Dr. Ben Kacos, an endodontist in Shreveport, LA.
If your teeth are sensitive when you consume sugary substances, hot or cold things, then you may have cavities that have eaten into your tooth enamel. You’ll need to get a dental filling so that the gap created by the damage doesn’t worsen. We asked our friend, Dr. Kristina Neda, a dentist in Georgetown, KY, about tooth sensitivity and cavities. Dr. Neda says if you’re not sure if you have a cavity, visit your dentist. They’ll let you know if you have a cavity or just sensitive teeth. Make sure you get your filling if that’s the case. If you don’t get a filling, you’ll likely lose the whole tooth.
Dark Spots or Noticeable Holes
You may also need to see your dentist in Shreveport for a dental filling if you can see visible dark spots on your teeth or if you can feel holes on the surface of a tooth when you move your tongue over it.
The bacteria that eats into your teeth and causes cavities can also cause your breath to smell bad. Bad breath can be a sign that you need a dental filling even after you brush and floss regularly.
Common Questions About Dental Fillings
These are some of the questions that patients frequently ask Dr. Ben Kacos about dental fillings.
Do Fillings Hurt?
Getting a dental filling doesn’t hurt because Dr. Ben Kacos uses a numbing mechanism so that you wont feel anything. The pain that you experience when you leave the hole in your tooth is far greater than any discomfort that you could ever feel during the process of getting a filling.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
It requires approximately 30-60 minutes to get a filling at your Shreveport’s dentist. However, the time needed may increase if you have more than one tooth that needs a filling. Larger cavities also require more time, so the surest way to know how long your procedure will take is to talk to Dr. Ben Kacos before the procedure is scheduled.
Are Fillings Affordable?
Dental fillings have been around for hundreds of years and they have been getting more affordable over the years. For most people, their dental insurance is sufficient to cover the cost of this simple procedure.
Does a Tooth Feel Different After a Filling?
Your teeth may feel different immediately after you have received dental fillings. However, this strange feeling will quickly disappear in a day or two.
Prevention Is Always Better
Many people don’t experience any of the symptoms discussed above until the cavities have become so large that they have reached the dental pulp. By that time, it may be too late to save the tooth or the necessary treatment may be costly and invasive.
Therefore, the best course of action is to do what you can to prevent having to get fillings. These preventive measures include brushing and flossing on a daily basis as well as visiting Dr. Ben Kacos every six months for a checkup and teeth cleaning. The checkup provides a surefire way to catch cavities early, so make it a point to see Dr. Ben Kacos for your preventive dental care.