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By Signature Smiles, LLC
November 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Filling  

Fillings can correct teeth damaged by decay. Teeth that are infected or damaged are often too weak to perform routine biting and chewing functions without pain or sensitivity. Fillings strengthen and restore those teeth so normal functioning can resume. Dr. Carmela LaFalce, the skilled dentist at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, can correct your problem teeth with dental fillings.

Types of Fillings

Fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, and glass. Types of metal fillings include cast gold and silver amalgam. Metal fillings are extremely strong and long-lasting, but they are more noticeable since they do not readily blend in with the teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are a more discreet option, although some types can be a bit brittle and not as strong as metal fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can be made from porcelain, glass ionomer, or a composite blend of plastic and glass.

Signs a Filling is Needed

A dental filling is needed when a tooth develops a cavity, which is a small hole caused by decay. In addition to strengthening and restoring damaged teeth, correcting your tooth with a filing also stops infection and decay from spreading to other areas of the tooth or its root. When infection and decay penetrate to the center of a tooth or the canals of the root, then root canal treatment could be needed.

When a tooth needs a filling, several signs can develop. See the dentist at our office in Toms River if you develop any of the following signs:

  • A persistent toothache
  • A visible hole in the tooth
  • Pain when biting into food
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Changes in the color of the tooth
  • Sensitivity to sweets

Correcting your tooth with a filling can strengthen the tooth, restore normal biting and chewing functions, and prevent infection or decay from spreading. Pain and sensitivity should also subside. Dr. LaFalce can determine if your tooth needs a filling. To schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, call Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, at (732) 244-4114.

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Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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