When do you really need a filling? Have you ever noticed black spots on your teeth or experienced sensitivity on your teeth, chances are that you may require a filling. Tooth filling is one of the SIMPLEST PROCEDURES TO SAVE A TOOTH FROM FURTHER DAMAGE. You may have been putting off this treatment due to a variety of reasons but we here at Blue Dental will answer all of your queries to alleviate your fears.
How are cavities formed and spread?
Bacteria from food settles down on tooth surfaces and slowly starts penetrating the layers of the tooth forming black colored holes, causing cavities known as tooth decay.
The tooth has 2 protective outer layers to safe guard the innermost layer
- The first outer covering is the enamel which is the hardest layer in the human body
- The second outer covering is the dentin which is harder than bone but softer than the enamel
- The innermost covering is the pulp which is the most sensitive part of the tooth and the softest layer containing nerves and blood vessels
The cavity starts spreading from the enamel to the dentin and then to the pulp
When the cavity is in the first two layers i.e. The enamel and the dentin, the tooth can be saved by a procedure known as tooth filling or restoration
What is a tooth filling?
What will happen if my tooth is not filled?
If left untreated it will spread to the pulp and might cause severe pain with pus formation. In some cases, pain may not arise but there could be a huge dormant infection. At this stage the tooth should either go in for a root canal treatment or undergo removal.
Saving the tooth at the initial stage by getting a filling is less cumbersome, inexpensive and painless