Teeth Fillings in Albuquerque – How Do I Know When?

tooth with fillingDentists seem to like teeth fillings. At least they are always threatening fillings if you do not take care of your teeth and get regular checkups.

The question is – why get a checkup if you don’t need teeth fillings or you are not in any pain?

It is true that there are a few lucky folks with a low risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Luck probably has nothing to do with it.

The reason some people have great teeth is usually due to several factors to which they pay attention:
Taking care of their teeth including thorough brushing and flossing all throughout their life.

Watching what they eat which means a low sugar diet (including soft drinks, sugar candies, sugary fruit juices and foods.)

One thing they might not have control over but would make a difference is the introduction of fluoride soon after teeth first appear, and bacteria levels in their mouths.

Most of us, however, probably will require one or many teeth fillings throughout our life.

Teeth fillings are simply a man-made material used to replace (or fill) gaps in the teeth caused by dental disease, trauma to a tooth or other things that would cause a ‘cavity’ in the tooth.

You can have a diseased area in a tooth without even knowing it. In fact, without an x-ray to look inside the teeth, even a dentist might miss an area. Once an area is detected, a dentist will open the tooth to find the decay inside. It is also entirely possible you never have any pain!

And that is the reason for dental visits – and x-rays. The x-rays will show teeth damage hidden inside and allow damage control before the damage worsens.

Dental decay can become very painful by the time it hits the nerves as this is where you will feel is the most. Normally, if the damage reaches into the nerves, a ‘filling’ is not possible you might be looking at much more expensive and dramatic issues – such as root canal treatment or tooth extraction.

So if you have not been to the dentist in a while – come in and see Dr. Abeyta. She knows teeth fillings!