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When Is a Dental Filling Necessary

February 20, 2023


Golden Glades restorative dentistry services, such as dental fillings, may seem pricey and painful to some individuals. People frequently want to know what other options there are for treating cavities because filling a cavity requires drilling a damaged tooth. Scheduling an appointment with a dentist is a good idea.  

To prevent additional decay, a cavity is typically treated by having the tooth filled with a safe substance in medicine. However, as dental technology has developed, researchers have started looking into other methods of treating cavities.  

Most individuals prefer to avoid dental drilling since it can be uncomfortable and frightening. There are alternative methods for treating cavities, so a filling isn't always necessary. Today, we'll talk about when a dental filling is necessary.  

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Dental Filling and Other Alternatives  

Is Dental Filling the Only Way to Address Cavities?  

No. Often, cavities are treated with dental fillings because a dentist often prefers to remove the damaged area (the cavity) and fill it to prevent any additional damage from happening. There are ways to stop the decay practically, but it is impossible to remove a cavity without applying a filling.    

Treatments of Cavities Have Evolved  

Dental decay can occur as your teeth lose their enamel when germs in your mouth multiply and interact with the foods and beverages you ingest. A cavity, or little hole in your tooth, can result from this deterioration.  

In the past, dentists have treated cavities with metals or resins to prevent tooth removal due to the decay spreading into the roots of the tooth. However, contemporary dentistry has created several fresh approaches that might not always call for the utilization of fillings.  

A filling may not be required if dental decay is detected in its early stages, before it spreads into the tooth. With proper care, the tooth may even heal completely.    

Fluoride treatments in particular can aid in stopping tooth decay. Dental professionals found out that extremely concentrated doses of fluoride can lower the risk of decay by up to 50% in situations of early decay.  

You can also prevent decay from spreading by maintaining superior oral hygiene, like brushing twice daily and flossing once daily. Dental decay can be slowed down or stopped by consuming fewer acidic juices and soft beverages and substituting fresh fruit and vegetables for refined carbs.  

Alternatives to Dental Fillings

  • Dental Sealant  

Typically, dental sealants are placed on teeth to prevent the development of cavities. They seal the tooth by applying a transparent plastic layer. They are frequently used on molars since those teeth require more protection as they grind and chew food.  

When dental sealants are applied to a tooth that has developing decay, the decay is stopped and the existing decay is reversed. When the decay is still in the early stages, this is usually the most effective treatment for a decaying tooth.  

  • Fluoride Treatment  

Fluoride can stop decay when it is in its early stages and can even reverse how severe the decay may be. The fluoride compounds strengthen and maintain tooth enamel, restoring it. In addition to purchasing fluoride-rich toothpaste and mouthwash for everyday use, fluoride treatments can be administered in the dental office.

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Get More Information About Golden Glades Restorative Dentistry Services  

Although dental fillings can address tooth decay, they may not always be required. Anyone hesitant to get a dental filling should speak to an expert dentist. Contact our office if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

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