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Fibonacci Dental Studio

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Rapid City, SD

Extreme tooth pain and sensitivity won’t go away if you wait through the pain. If your symptoms are due to a tooth cavity, you’ll need a filling from Laura Davies, DDS, and the team at Fibonacci Dental Studio in Rapid City, South Dakota, for immediate relief. Whether you need a brand new filling for a decayed tooth or replacement fillings, don’t hesitate to call Fibonacci Dental Studio or reserve your appointment online today.

Fillings Q & A

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are treatments for holes in your teeth. If tooth decay eats away at the inside of one of your teeth, you’re left with a hollow cavity inside your tooth and a weaker tooth structure. 

Going without treatment for tooth decay isn’t a good option. Instead, you need to strengthen the tooth with a dental filling. During the process of getting a filling, your dentist numbs the area around the tooth. They scrape out any decayed tooth material from the inside. Then, they fill the remaining hole with either silver or tooth-colored composite resin.

Finally, your dentist buffs the filling so it looks polished like the rest of your tooth. If you choose composite resin, you can’t see the filling. Silver is most often used for molars since it’s strong and resistant to damage from chewing and teeth grinding. 


How do I know if I need a filling?

A cavity that needs a filling is hard to ignore. However, if you catch it early enough, you might not need a filling at all. You should call Fibonacci Dental Studio right away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Sharp, unexplained tooth pain
  • Tooth pain while chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Discolored teeth (brown or black)
  • Visible holes in your teeth

Getting a filling gets rid of these symptoms as soon as the numbness wears off. If you notice any unusual sensations or side effects after the numbness is gone, call Fibonacci Dental Studio.


Do fillings need to be replaced?

Tooth fillings sometimes need to be replaced. Just like other dental work, fillings can accumulate minor damages over time the more you use your teeth. You’re especially prone to damaging a filling if you grind your teeth during sleep or when you feel stressed. The team at Fibonacci Dental Studio checks them when you come in for your regular cleanings.

If you see a crack on one of your fillings, be sure to make an appointment right away. Continuing to chew with an already-damaged filling can have serious consequences that call for more extensive dental work than a simple filling replacement. If you start getting more tooth decay around a filling, which can happen if it cracks, the team may decide to fortify it with a crown instead of another filling.

If you notice any signs of a cavity, call Fibonacci Dental Studio right away for a swift filling appointment. You can also book an appointment online.

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