Fillings

Morning Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Santa Ana, CA & Huntington Beach, CA

If you have tooth pain, especially if it’s intense, you may be suffering from a cavity. The compassionate team at Morning Dental treats cavities with fillings, so they don’t get worse and cause severe complications. If you think you have a cavity, it’s important to see a dentist right away. Morning Dental has offices in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, California. Call the office near you today or make an appointment online.

Fillings Q & A

Why would I need a filling?

Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay. If you have cavities, your dentist may recommend filling them with a hard material. A filling protects the inside of your tooth by preventing the decay from spreading into the deep, softer interior of your tooth. Fillings also make it possible for you to bite and chew normally again, without pain or the risk of breaking your tooth.

What causes cavities?

Cavities are caused by bacteria. The bacteria present in your mouth, especially after you eat foods containing sugar, attach to your teeth forming a film over your enamel called plaque. Plaque contains an acid that causes your enamel to decay, eventually resulting in a cavity.

Cavities are common in children, but many adults get cavities too. Daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and cleanings, and avoiding excessive sugar in your diet can help prevent cavities.

What are the symptoms of a cavity?

If you have very small cavities, you might not notice symptoms. Larger cavities may cause dull, aching tooth pain increasing in severity over time. Sometimes cavities cause a fast onset of intense pain and other symptoms. The most common cavity symptoms include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to sweet foods
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Dark areas on tooth enamel

 

If you have symptoms of a cavity, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Morning Dental right away. Your caring dentist helps relieve your pain and prevents your cavity from worsening.

What should I expect during a filling procedure?

Your experienced dentist at Morning Dental begins by administering a local anesthetic to your gum near the tooth you need to be filled. Next, a special instrument to remove the infection and decayed tooth material. Then, the cavity is filled with a material that bonds with your tooth when it hardens. In most cases, this is a composite resin material that is durable and tooth-colored.

Cavities can affect your overall health, and the pain can interfere with your daily activities. If you have a toothache, don’t wait to make an appointment. Call Morning dental today, or make an appointment online.