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How To Find Out When You Need A Filling

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We’ve all heard of the dreaded tooth filling, where a cavity or hole has formed due to deterioration of the teeth and decay. Sadly for this there is no Tooth Fairy to solve the problem, only your dentist can by using a filling material and a dose of local anaesthetic. But how to find out if you have a filling in the first place?

Most British people have trouble with going to the dentist on a regular basis, although it is vital to your oral health that you visit the dentist regularly so that he or she can determine any problems and solve them before they worsen. The only real way to know that you definitely need a filling is in fact by visiting a dentist, but you can sometimes tell by discoloured spots caused by tooth decay.

One way to determine the likelihood of you needing is a filling is by looking at your behaviour and the sensitivity of your teeth. Behaviours such as nail biting, teeth grinding (whether you do it consciously or not) and using your teeth as an opener, are all behaviours that cause fillings, besides poor oral health hygiene. Often a symptom of the behaviours is sensitive teeth, which could be a sign of the teeth slowly wearing away. If you think you exhibit any of these behaviours or symptoms, it might be best to be tested for decay and erosion at your dentists.

A dentist will determine whether you need a filling using a number of methods, including, by using a tool known as an Explorer to probe around the mouth for tooth decay. Normal teeth will be hard and strong, whilst decaying teeth will be much softer and weaker; and will also stick ever so slightly to the Explorer. X-rays are also used by dentists to discover larger areas of decay, as they are not suited to finding small areas of decay or decay hidden behind other fillings. The last method used is cavity dye, which when rinsed in your mouth will stick to the areas that are decaying and in need of a filling. A dentist is likely to use one of these methods before offering his opinion on whether a filling is needed or not.

If you are interested in Invisalign Walsall for Invisalign treatment, fillings or any other dental treatment at the Priory dental Practice in Walsall, visit www.thepriorydentalpractice.co.uk

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Source by Marie Coles

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