Toothache – If you have a deep cavity and need a filling, you may find that the tooth feels painful. A throbbing, painful toothache that lasts more than a day or two is a sure sign that something is wrong, so you will need to see Dr. Corey Acree for a consultation right away.
Tooth sensitivity – Not all cavities cause pain. Instead, you may notice sensitivity when you consume hot or cold foods or drinks. Sugary beverages and foods can also cause sensitivity. Chewing hard or tough foods may also cause sensitivity, which can indicate a cavity.
Visible discoloration or pitting – If you have a good light source and a hand mirror, you may be able to see brown or black stains on your tooth, or visible holes or pits. These typically indicate a cavity, but you’ll still need to see a dentist for further diagnosis.
At our Modesto dental office, we only use composite fillings to restore your smile. Unlike metal amalgam fillings, these fillings do not contain any mercury or other metals. They are made from a unique blend of dental resin that is designed to match the natural appearance of your tooth.
This provides better overall aesthetic results when filling a tooth, which is particularly important when treating the front teeth. Your filling will look completely natural, unlike a metal-amalgam filling, which may cause grayish discoloration.
Composite fillings also bond very tightly to your tooth, and require minimal preparation for placement, which helps keep the tooth strong and healthy for years to come. For these reasons, we only use composite fillings at Downey Park Family Dental to provide better results.