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     A History of Excellence in Dentistry

     Andrew Rastegar D.D.S.

FILLINGS

WHAT IS A FILLING?

If tooth decay is not repaired at its early stages, it will worsen and additional or alternative dental treatments may be necessary. A filling is a more cost-effective treatment with a number of benefits, including:


  • Repairs and restores the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture or wear
  • Strengthens the tooth
  • Extends the life of the tooth


WHY DO I NEED A FILLING?

Dr Rastegar will often recommend a filling in two situations. They are:

  • The surface enamel of a tooth is damaged due to decay, fracture, or wear.
  • A tooth’s surface needs to be evened out to improve your ability to bite or chew.


WARNING SIGNS A FILLING MAY BE NECESSARY

There are a number of warning signs that may indicate a filling will be necessary, including:

  • Tooth sensitivity to extreme hot or extreme cold temperatures can be an early warning sign of tooth decay
  • Pain when biting into food, bearing down or clenching the teeth
  • An earache, which can sometimes be referred pain from a toothache
  • Persistent headaches with no other cause


While there could be a number of reasons for this sensation, only your Dentist can diagnose its underlying cause. If a damaged tooth surface is not treated early, your discomfort will increase.

With proper care and dental hygiene, a filling has a lifespan of 5-12 years, depending upon the type of filling material used.


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