A dental filling is a medical device used to cover and protect the interior of a tooth with a cavity in it. While these fillings are designed to stay put once they are set into your tooth, it is possible for the filling material to become upset and dislodge form the cavity. If you really take notice you will find that many people have a mouth full of metal due to tooth fillings. Although over the past few years more people are opting for the resin or porcelain fillings, as a more aesthetically pleasing choice. Regardless, dental fillings are commonly seen because cavities are a problem especially within America. Our sugar laden diets tend to catch up with us if we are not careful. Sugar and plaque contribute to cavities especially when a person doesn't make the effort to brush and floss their teeth properly.
See your dentist when you feel any difference in a filling. Even with no pain, a different feeling can indicate a change in the fillings stability. Part of the filling may have even fallen out without you knowing it. Go to your dentist for regular check ups. Fillings can be checked for any cracks at regular visits. Cracked fillings let bacteria get into the tooth and root canal which can lead to a serious infection and the loss of your entire tooth.Get x-rays to determine a filling problem. The dentist recommends x-rays when there's pain or a slight crack that may be causing more decay in your tooth.
A lost or broken dental filling can cause tooth sensitivity and pain. It's important to get to the dentist as soon as possible to have the filling replaced. You can utilize products made for home use to create a temporary filling until you are able to get to the dentist. This stopgap measure might decrease the pain and sensitivity, and it will prevent food particles from getting into the tooth cavity that had been protected by the missing filling.
Do not place filling material in a tooth where there is active bleeding or infection. Don't use heavy force with the applicator when applying the filling material. That could cause bleeding and increase the potential for infection in the tooth.