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By Dr. David M. Gordon
June 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Filling  

Tooth PainOur Vallejo, CA, dentist Dr. David Gordon has probably told you all too often just how important brushing and flossing are for preventing cavities, right? Unfortunately, decay is still the second most common disease after the common cold. In fact, one in four American adults and half of US teenagers have untreated tooth decay. Are you wondering whether you might need to get a dental filling? Here are the two classic warning signs,

A Toothache

A toothache is your tooth’s way of warning you that something is wrong. Many times a toothache is the result of decay, which our Vallejo, CA, general dentist will need to treat with a dental filling.

Tooth Sensitivity

Sometimes you may not experience any pain but your tooth may become overly sensitive to extreme temperatures, pressure or sweets. This is another indicator that you have a cavity. While there are other reasons why someone may experience tooth sensitivity, if this isn’t something that you normally experience and you notice that one tooth, in particular, is sensitive then it’s time to visit our dental office.

Other Warning Signs

Sometimes you’ll even be able to see the decay for yourself. There may be a brown or dark spot on the tooth or there may even be a visible hole in the tooth. Sometimes you may not be able to see the hole or spot but you may be able to feel it with your tongue.

What is involved in getting a dental filling?

After our dentist has removed the damaged enamel it’s important for us to restore and rebuild the tooth so that it’s as strong as possible. In order to do this, we will need to apply a dental filling to the tooth. In most cases, a dental filling is made from a tooth-colored material known as composite resin, which is moldable and putty-like.

We will apply the tooth-colored resin in thin layers over the decay and then harden the layer in place. We will continue to rebuild the tooth with the resin, layer by layer, until it’s complete. A dental filling is placed in one visit, immediately after removing the decay.

Whether you are dealing with symptoms of a cavity or you just need to book your next dental cleaning, you can call Dr. Gordon’s dental office in Vallejo, CA, anytime to ask questions, learn more about the dental services we offer or to schedule an appointment.


General Dentistry in Vallejo
David Gordon D.D.S.
23 Rotary Way
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 557-2200

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