Quiz: Why Do Cavities Need Fillings?

Dental cavities are common, as only about one to two percent of the population are immune to dental caries. However, many people seem to have a poor understanding of just how dangerous cavities can be for the health and stability of your smile. In order to avoid serious complications, we always urge treating decay with fillings for our Dallas, TX, patients.

Try Our Quiz on Dental Fillings and Cavities

  1. True or False: A toothache could be a warning sign.
  2. True or False: Lack of treatment can mean decay becomes infection.
  3. True or False: The filling will look natural.
  4. True or False: We can place one in a single visit.

Answer Key

  1. True. A cavity can form due to poor oral hygiene or possibly an injury to the tooth, such as chips. Patients with decay may experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages, as well as toothaches that last more than 48 hours. If you experience persistent pain, then contact our team today for a diagnosis.
  2. True. Over time, the cavity will spread throughout the tooth until harmful bacteria can come into contact with the inner pulp. The pulp is your tooth’s nerve center, keeping it alive and healthy. However, by treating cavities in the early stages, you can avoid the onset of infection (which could require a root canal).
  3. True. Instead of metal, we use composite resin. The material can be shaded to blend with the tooth and contains no metal, ensuring they’re safe for patients of all ages.
  4. True. In one visit, we will remove the decay, clean the tooth, and apply the composite resin. As we cure the material under a light, we shape the tooth and then polish it for a more lifelike appearance. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, or about our fillings, then contact our team today.

Do You Have an Aching Tooth?

We use restorative dentistry to restore teeth to optimal health, appearance, and function! For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).