How Do I Know I Need A Tooth Filling?
During a routine dental appointment, your dentist may see tooth decay, cavities, or weakened parts of a tooth and recommend a tooth filling. However, you may notice common signs of cavities on your own, including:
- Dark spots on your teeth
- Holes or craters in your molars
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Pain when chewing
If you suspect you have a cavity, see your dentist right away. A tooth filling could reverse the damage and save you from bigger dental problems. If you wait too long, you risk infection, gum disease, or needing a root canal.
Do Tooth Fillings Hurt?
Our dental team will completely numb the affected area before a tooth filling, so you shouldn’t feel any pain while your dentist is working. Although it is common to feel a slight pinch as your dentist injects the anesthesia and some pressure during the procedure, patients typically do not experience discomfort.
If the thought of pain or sensitivity makes you uncomfortable, talk to our friendly team about your concerns. We’ll walk you through what to expect and how we ensure our patients are relaxed and pain-free when getting a dental filling.