How Do I Know if I Need a Tooth Filling?

First of all, you should ask yourself why you are asking the question “Do I need a tooth filling?” Does your mouth hurt when you eat or drink something sugary or cold? Are you already pretty sure you have a cavity? When it comes down to it, you shouldn’t be the one deciding whether or not you need a tooth filling; your dentist should. Your dentist has your best dental health in mind; they know whether a filling is necessary or not.

If I Have a Cavity, is a Filling Always Necessary?

Essentially, cavities form alongside tooth decay. They cause damage to your teeth in the form of holes in the tooth enamel. Dentists use filler material to repair the tooth. This will eliminate pain associated with eating or drinking, as well as restore proper usability to the tooth.

In short, though, a filling is not always necessary. If you catch tooth decay early enough, the dentist may be able to stop the decay with a fluoride treatment. Of course, you will have to do your part by following any further suggestions.

What Kinds of Fillings Are There?

Your local dentists have a wide assortment of dental instruments at their disposal, as well as a number of different types of fillings. Depending on your taste and preferences, you find a filling that works best for you.

Here are some of the basic filling types:

  • amalgam fillings
  • silver fillings
  • composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings

Each of these fillings has their own specific perks and drawbacks. Your dentist will explain these to you if you have any specific questions. Amalgam fillings are very common; these fillings are a mixture of metal held together by mercury. Perhaps you don’t want a mouth full of silver; perhaps you are looking for something a little more natural. For you, perhaps a composite resin tooth colored filling would be more appropriate. No matter the case, there is a solution that’s right for you.