Cavity Filling in Fort Wayne
Have you been told you have a cavity, need a cavity filled, or perhaps you suspect a cavity based on your symptoms?
Cavities come in all shapes and forms. It can be on the top of your tooth, on the sides of your tooth or in between your teeth. The various types of cavities are categorized by the number of surfaces that are affected; from one to four surfaces. Some aren’t very big, yet some may cause extreme sensitivity. Whatever shape, size, or form it comes, filling a cavity should be top priority.
When your dentist diagnoses a cavity in your mouth, it means that there is decay. The more technical term for the decay is dental caries. The decay is what is being removed from your tooth when your dentist does a filling. When the decay is fully removed, your dentist then fills it with materials that restore the missing and decayed tooth structure.
There are different types of filling material that a dentist can use to fill your cavity. At Hale Dentistry, we use only the best, safest, and most recommended filling treatment in the industry – a composite filling.
Many people are not aware, but composite is the highest grade of cavity filling material. This tooth colored filling is durable for many years and does not contain any harmful ingredients that would adversely affect your health. Today, composite materials are scientifically manufactured to match the tooth’s color, unlike gold or silver fillings.
What are the symptoms of a cavity?
You may or may not have symptoms of a cavity. Typically, symptoms are based on how deep the cavity is and where the cavity is located on the tooth. Some cavities are not easy to diagnose without the expertise of a dentist and high-tech X-Rays.
You may experience sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweets. This sensitivity can be immediate, lingering, or spontaneous. Depending on the depth of a cavity, the tooth may need more treatment to restore it back to healthy. The dentist can assist with your treatment plan.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into how a cavity forms. Dr. Hale is an expert in filling cavities and restoration treatments for his patients. No matter what age you are, it is important to have your cavities treated in a timely manner.
Why you shouldn’t wait to have your dentist fill your cavities:
- The cavity will not heal itself.
- It can deepen and worsen over time.
- More extensive treatment may need done if put off too long.
- Preventing further decay is essential to the health of the tooth and your overall health.
Interested in learning how a cavity is formed? Check out our blog “Facts about Tooth Decay.” If you suspect a you need a cavity filling in your mouth, call Hale Family Dentistry at 260-482-3759 for a comprehensive exam.