Quick Answer: Do I Really Need A Filling?

What happens if you don’t fill a cavity?

When decay damages a tooth, the destruction to the enamel is irreversible.

If the cavity is left untreated, the decay can spread and worsen, destroying healthy parts of the tooth.

And if enough time goes by, your dentist won’t be able to repair the tooth with a conventional filling at all .

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Can you naturally heal a cavity?

Enamel can repair itself by using minerals from saliva, and fluoride from toothpaste or other sources. But if the tooth decay process continues, more minerals are lost. Over time, the enamel is weakened and destroyed, forming a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling.

Can dentists lie about cavities?

A cavity is a cavity and there should be no difference between two dentists, right? The answer is not always. Unfortunately, a cavity can be deceptive. It can hide and be obscured by old fillings, location or just not be obvious by eye or xray.

Do dentists do unnecessary fillings?

4) Unnecessary Replacement of Fillings Replacing previous dental fillings is the most common treatment that a dentist performs because once you get a filling in a tooth, you are MORE prone to get another cavity compared to a natural tooth! Please brush and floss to prevent tooth decay.

Can I wait a month to fill a cavity?

So if you have a cavity that needs a filling, don’t delay treatment. The decay can continue to develop and cause additional damage to a tooth. You can end up needing something much more extensive, not to mention expensive, such as a root canal if you wait too long to have the decay addressed.

Can I get a filling instead of a root canal?

Fillings will be recommended if the tooth has a smaller cavity or minor tooth decay that hasn’t reached the pulp of the tooth. While the goal of a root canal is to prevent further damage to the tissue, a filling is primarily meant to restore the function and appearance of the tooth.

What cavity has no pain?

If you are experiencing a cavity that is not painful, it would mean that the cavity is shallow and has not extended below the enamel layer. You do not want a cavity to extend below the enamel. Under your enamel is another hard layer, though softer than enamel, this hard layer is called dentin.

How long can you go without filling a cavity?

The time it takes for a cavity to form varies. It can, on average, take anywhere from six months to four or five years before a cavity requires treatment.

How much does it cost to fill a cavity?

Fillings, while more expensive than basic dental check-ups, both fix cavities and protect your mouth’s future health. Most filling treatments hold stable prices in the following ranges: $50 to $150 for a single, silver amalgam filling. $90 to $250 for a single, tooth-colored composite filling.

Are dental fillings really necessary?

In short, the answer is no. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities because a dentist tends to want to remove the decayed part (the cavity) and fill it to stop any further damage from occurring. While there aren’t ways to remove a cavity without using a filling, there are ways almost to reverse the decay.

Do fillings make teeth weaker?

A large filling can also weaken the tooth and, should this filling fail, it may be the case that the tooth is no longer able to support a cavity and a root canal treatment may be needed as a result or a crown may be needed in order to replace the filling.

Is there an alternative to fillings?

Composite resin fillings are the most common alternative to dental amalgam. They are sometimes called “tooth-colored” or “white” fillings because of their color. Composite resin fillings are made of a type of plastic (an acrylic resin) reinforced with powdered glass filler.

Is black dot on tooth a cavity?

A cavity is the hole that develops as this protective layer of your tooth breaks down. You might notice it as a dark spot on the tooth. But your dentist can take a closer look to see if the spot is actually a cavity. Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of dark spots on teeth.

Do Dentists rip you off?

1) You probably don’t need all your fillings ripped out and replaced. Oftentimes, someone visiting a new (and unscrupulous) dentist will be told that he or she needs a ton of work done. Frequently, this involves ripping out all existing fillings and replacing them with new ones.

Is it a stain or a cavity?

The brown, black, or grey spot on the teeth is a sign of a cavity, while the discoloration of teeth is a stain. A stain is a result of drinks and food and is not sticky. However, the cavity damages the teeth. It provides an ideal environment for bacteria and plaque to grow in the teeth, destroying them.

How do you know if you really need a filling?

When You Need a Filling…Pain in the tooth, including tooth aches, throbbing pains and sharp pains.Pain or sensitivity in the tooth when you touch it or put pressure on it (e.g. when eating, brushing)A visible hole in the tooth or mark that might indicate a hole exists.More items…

Do I need a filling if I have no pain?

While pain is the most common sign that you may need dental fillings, sometimes you may need one even if you’re not having any symptoms. Patients who want to ensure long-term dental health should seek out expertly trained professionals like Dr. Skoulas.

Is filling teeth good or bad?

A dental filling is necessary to protect the affected tooth from further decay. If it is left unfilled, your tooth will get worse as the cavity progresses. Tooth decay may lead to bone loss. This may result in tooth extraction.