Do you always feel that you may end up having another cavity, in spite of your regular brushing and flossing and almost doing everything that possibly you could do?
Following are six quick tips to understand how cavities can arise and what you must do in order to prevent them.
- Why you need any filling?
In case, any food particles or plaque remains in contact with your teeth for prolonged duration either due to inappropriate brushing or the kind of food that you are likely to take then bacteria gets accumulated which causes the release of acids and toxins that dissolve the enamel.
This enamel which is a layer on top of the tooth starts getting discolored slowly depending upon the extent it has either weakened or dissolved from light yellow to dark to yellow or from light brown to dark brown to grey, which turns into jet black.
If you do not treat at this stage, then that portion of your tooth will easily chip away and will become what is called as ‘cavity.’
2. How does any dentist select a filling?
Filling materials can start from silver amalgam filling to any cement like glass ionomer. However, nowadays most widely used material option is certain composite material, that is kind of plastic which is soft initially and hardens after chemically bonding with your teeth after they are cured by using a UV light.
3. How much can it cost to you?
Cost of your fillings may vary generally on the basis of material that is used by your dentist of dental clinic Florence, SC and also about his skills as well as experience, size of your filling and the amount of balanced tooth structure.
4. What can you expect after filling?
Any filling procedure which is permanent and after they are done with your tooth colored composite will allow you to eat instantly with no precautions. You will have tooth which will be almost like any new tooth and you will not able to make out where exactly the filing was really done.
You may feel initially few symptoms like mild to moderate type of sensitivity that should settle down within 48 hours. Little adjustment for bite may be necessary, if your filling is bit over or under your level of bite.
You should not experience any food lodgment or any prolonged sensitivity after undergoing this procedure.
5. Prevention Maintenance
Cavities or decay can always be prevented by different preventive procedures e.g. applying sealants in your fissures of teeth for preventing food lodgment and fluoride application for attracting more calcium and also protect your tooth from any bacterial acid breakdown.
Once the fillings are done it can be maintained with the help of proper home-care measures that includes mouthwash, brushing and flossing.
6. How long can it last?
Normally people expect that fillings are everlasting however, any filling lasts almost 3 to 7 years but also needs annual regular check-ups.
Always watch out for any discoloration, chipping and darkening under the filling which shows a breakdown/wearing and indicates that it needs replacement.