YOU’RE RETURNING TO WORK after your dental appointment with a numb lip, thanks to a filling! We know it can be annoying. A filling may not be welcome news, but they’re often an important part of your preventative care plan, and much preferable to the alternatives!
If you’re ever been tempted to postpone getting a filling, think about this:
Decay Leads To More Decay and Pain… Until It’s Stopped
You might not know, you have a decayed tooth, until your dentist appointment. Its like a slow rust in the car, that keeps eroding until you stop it. Fillings help us seal off and cover those compromised area. We place fillings because once a tooth starts to get decay, it’s very likely the decay will progress.
A cavity indicates that the area is decay-prone, whether that’s due to chewing habits, cleaning habits, or the bacterial climate.
Cavities can create crevices in your mouth that trap plaque and food particles, encouraging further decay.
The tooth’s outer enamel layer is much stronger than the inner, dentin layer. If decay breaches the enamel, it can progress dramatically, leading to severe pain and permanent tooth damage.
Fillings Need To Be Maintained, And Sometimes Refreshed
Occasionally, we may recommend that you replace a filling. The materials used in fillings can break down and weaken over time, which can lead to further decay and damage. During a replacement, we make sure that there’s no decay under the filling, and that the area is not comprised.
Be Proactive In Your Dental Care.