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How to Tell When You Need a Filling

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28th March 2020

How to Tell When You Need a Filling

Having white fillings is much more common than you might think. In fact, most adults have at least one filling. If you’re lucky enough to have never had one before, how do you know the signs and symptoms that you need one? In this post, we at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice, London, will talk you through all you need to know – and what will happen during your treatment here with our dentists.

1) Pain or toothache

One of the first signs that you could need a white filling is toothache. Whether it’s sharp pain when you chew, or a constant dull ache, if you’re frequently experiencing this type of pain, don’t ignore it – book in with your dentist.

2) Poor oral care

White fillings are a way to ‘fill’ parts of the tooth that have worn away. One way your teeth wear is through decay, caused by a build-up of plaque – so having a good dental routine is of the utmost importance. Ensure you brush and floss twice a day, and you may be able to avoid having white fillings in the future.

3) Poor diet

It’s well-known that acidic and sugary foods can destroy the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to a cavity. Once a cavity has been formed in the tooth, it won’t heal – the only option is to visit your dentist, where they’ll be able to ‘fix’ the tooth with a white filling. Ensuring you eat a healthy diet, while watching your sugar intake, can help prevent the need for a white filling.

4) Sensitivity

Once your tooth enamel starts to wear away, parts of the tooth which are normally protected, such as the nerves, are exposed – which can cause sensitivity. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether your sensitivity is caused by wear, or another factor – and if decay has set in, white fillings will go a long way in helping combat this discomfort.

5) Broken/lost filling

If you’ve already had a white filling in the past and find it’s come lose or come out altogether, it’s time to visit the dentist. In cases where your white filling has dislodged entirely, it’s essential to book an appointment before decay sets in further, which could require a root canal treatment.

Treatment at Crescent Lodge Dental practice

We’re experts in all things dental, with a warm and friendly team ready to help you right here in Clapham, London. Whatever your concern – whether you suspect you need a white filling, or have had one previously that needs checking over – don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.