What You Need to Know About Dental Fillings
By Blome Family Dental
January 17, 2017
Category: dental procedures

Dental fillings are used to fill in the cavities that result from tooth decay. Your family dentists in Lincoln, NE Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara fillingsWubbles, can let you know if any of your teeth need new or replacement dental fillings. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about dental fillings.

Why do I need a dental filling?

Dental fillings are used to fill in the empty cavity formed by tooth decay. After the decayed area inside the tooth has been removed and cleaned out, the dentist will fill in the space with a dental filling. The filling prevents additional decay from developing. 

What are some signs that my fillings need to be replaced?

Dental fillings can last for years. Individuals who have had cavities filled as children, for instance, can still have those same fillings in adulthood. However, at some point, dental fillings can begin to fail after years of wear and tear from biting, chewing and drinking. Signs that your dental fillings should be replaced include soreness, decay or a crack in the tooth containing the filling. A dental filling should also be replaced if they have come loose and are no longer properly supported by the tooth containing it.

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings differ slightly from traditional amalgam fillings. Whereas amalgam fillings tend to look silver in color, composite fillings match your natural tooth color. Composite fillings are made from a sturdy plastic resin material. Many patients prefer the composite fillings, particularly for filling in teeth in the front of the mouth, since they do blend in with your natural teeth.

Dental fillings are an effective way to fill in the cavities left behind by tooth decay. Fillings help keep your teeth strong and prevent decay from spreading. The friendly dentists at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE can give you a thorough dental exam and let you know if you need any fillings. To schedule a dental checkup, call Blome Family Dentistry at (402) 483-7000.