Updated: Apr 8, 2020
You have probably heard a ton of tall tales about dental fillings throughout the course of your life. This, unfortunately, can cause you to feel unsure about them, to feel like you’d rather avoid them at all costs, and to overlook their many benefits! The truth is, coming in to our Columbia, TN practice to address a cavity with one of our tooth-colored fillings is a wonderful option to have! However, if some of those not-so-accurate stories you’ve caught wind of is making it hard for you to care for your smile, we’d really love to clear it up! Learn more (and give us a call if you have further questions).
Tall Tale: They Ruin Your Tooth
They don’t ruin your tooth! It’s true that in order to place a filling, we must remove the damaged tissue in your tooth that has been left behind by decay. However, remember that we only remove a very minimal amount when we are placing a tooth-colored filling (which looks beautiful, as well!). What you may have heard about is amalgam fillings, which do require the removal of a more significant amount of tissue. However, regardless of the type of filling, they protect your teeth, rather than harm them. It’s untreated tooth decay that can destroy your oral health!
Tall Tale: The Process Is Uncomfortable
Believe it or not, this is absolutely a tall tale and is so far from the truth! There’s really nothing uncomfortable about receiving a tooth-colored filling. You might feel slightly restless at the thought of it but fortunately, we’re kind, we administer local anesthetic (which means all of the affected tissue will be numb!), the process is quick, and then you’re done! You won’t feel anything and before you know it, you’ll be back home with a fully repaired tooth!
Tall Tale: They Are Toxic
It’s possible that amalgam fillings are toxic to some degree, due to the mercury they contain. However, we do not place metal fillings at our practice! So, keep this in mind when you have a friend telling you that dental fillings are bad for your health. The truth is that our tooth-colored fillings are safe, free of metal, and they allow us to stop the spread of decay in your mouth, which is a potential culprit to your health, should you allow decay to spread and turn into infection! Have more questions? Just let us know!
Let Us Help Fix Your Tooth
Come in for the care you need when tooth decay shows up, so you can feel confident about protecting your smile and restoring its health. Let us know if you have any questions, so you can feel good about smile care. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.