3 Telltale Signs You Need a Tooth Filling

3 Telltale Signs You Need a Tooth Filling

For many, tooth ache is quite possibly the worst pain they’ve ever experienced. Tooth ache is one of the main symptoms of tooth decay. In case of decay, if acid secreted by the bacteria builds up further, it leads to formation of holes in the teeth called cavities or dental caries. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 90% US citizens have had cavities at some point in their lives.

One of the treatments prescribed by dentists to get rid of cavities is dental fillings. This method involves using a filling material to fill the holes.

Here are a few signs apart from tooth ache which may indicate that you urgently need tooth fillings:

Sensitivity

If you let out a whimper of pain every time you eat something cold or hot, your teeth are sensitive. Sensitivity is a common symptom of a decayed tooth. If acid from bacteria erode the protective tooth enamel, it reveals the inside layer called the dentin. When varying temperatures come in contact with the dentin, we feel pain.

In such a case, a dentist fills up the cavity with dental fillings to repair the enamel.

Discolored teeth

We tend to associate discolored teeth with improper brushing. If the dark patch on your tooth is sticky and rigid, it’s not a normal stain. This happens if the acid secreted by the bacteria is strong enough to adhere to the tooth. The stains could be white, brown or black—depending on the intensity of the decay. On noticing such a sign, the sooner you consult a dentist for tooth fillings, the better.

Bad breath

As the decay bacteria digs deeper into the tooth, it gives rise to emergence of new species such as the A. actinomycetemcomitans. These new species of bacteria release newer substances causing a foul smell.

Bad breath is not just bad for oral hygiene but embarrassing for your social life too. If it doesn’t go away by regular brushing or flossing, your dentist might suggest dental fillings.

Don’t let a toothless smile fade out the sparkle of your personality. Before you lose your tooth, Bethesda Dental Health can help you fill up that cavity. If you’re in Bethesda, Maryland, contact us now for an appointment. You can also call at (304)6541887.

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