How Tooth Fillings Relieve Toothaches

Toothaches can be a symptom of many different causes, but often, it indicates the presence of tooth decay (the disease that leads to cavity development). Because decay progresses the longer it is left untreated, the pain in your tooth will also grow worse. Fortunately, if you seek treatment in time, your dentist can likely treat your cavity and relieve your toothache with a tooth-colored filling. By eliminating the tooth infection, restoring your tooth, and sealing off its sensitive structure, a filling can help you find permanent relief from the discomfort related to cavities.

Tooth Decay and Tooth Pain

Tooth decay begins with oral bacteria attack and compromise the enamel around your tooth. Enamel, which is comprised almost entirely of minerals, becomes weaker when exposed to acids produced by oral bacteria. The main structure underneath tooth enamel, known as dentin, is more sensitive than the outer layer, and as bacteria get past enamel and reach the dentin, your tooth will grow increasingly more sensitive. The pain intensifies once bacteria settle into the dentin and lead to infection, or decay.

The Point of a Dental Filling

To treat a decaying tooth, your dentist will remove the harmful oral bacteria and infected tissues, then restore the tooth by building up its compromised structure. In most cases, this can be accomplished with a dental filling, which is comprised of biocompatible material that your dentist places and secures inside of the tooth’s cavity. Cleaning away the infection removes the main cause of your toothache, while placing the filling restores the tooth’s strength and protects its exposed, sensitive dentin from irritation.

Ask Your Dentist if a Filling Can Relieve Your Toothache

If your tooth hurts constantly, then a cavity may be the reason, making a tooth filling the best way to relieve your toothache. To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.