Tooth Fillings Specialist

Wellness Dental

Implant & General Dentists located in Phoenix, AZ & Chandler, AZ

The team at Wellness Dental ensures that you’re comfortable before, during, and after every dental procedure. We’re happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding the filling procedure and the materials used on your teeth. If you’d like more information or need a filling done, call today or schedule an appointment online at any of our four locations in Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, and Peoria, Arizona.

Tooth Fillings Q & A

What are dental fillings?

The average person needs at least one filling during their lifetime. Fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities, restore cracked or broken teeth, or repair teeth that have just been worn down over time.

These are the elements of a typical dental filling procedure:

  • An anesthetic to numb the specific area of treatment
  • Removal of any decay in the affected teeth
  • An amalgam or composite filling used to restore the tooth
  • A bite check to make sure that your teeth align comfortably

At Wellness Dental, we want to make sure that you’re at ease throughout the procedure. Our trusted team is happy to address any concerns you might have.

How do I know if I have a cracked tooth?

It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether your tooth is cracked. Cracks are often not visible to the naked eye and might not even show up on X-rays. It’s also possible that you don’t experience any pain or sensitivity whatsoever.

Typically, however, cracked teeth are very painful. If left untreated, they can also lead to several tooth diseases. Common signs of a cracked tooth include:

  • Sharp pain when you bite down that disappears quickly
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Pain when eating or drinking
  • A sensation that something is stuck between your teeth

What causes a cracked tooth?

There are many reasons a tooth may crack, including:  

  • Chewing on hard objects like pencils, ice, or hard candy
  • An accident, such as a blow to the mouth
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Uneven pressure while chewing, especially when an adjacent tooth is missing
  • Loss of tooth structure through wear and tear or due to a filling or other dental restoration
  • Exposure of the tooth enamel to extreme heat and cold

Why does a cracked tooth cause pain?

When a tooth cracks, the damage can travel through the enamel to the nerve pulp. That can cause severe pain when you bite down on something, and sometimes even when you stop biting.

The crack may be too small to see, but as it grows, the pulp inside the tooth can become aggravated. The pulp is the soft tissue on the inside of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. When the crack has widened, the tooth will become extremely sensitive to heat and cold.  

In severe cases where the pulp has become infected as a result of the crack, a root canal may be necessary to preserve the tooth.  

How is a cracked tooth treated?

Your specific treatment depends on the size, location, and direction of the crack. It also depends on your symptoms. Your dentist will talk with you about which treatment is best suited for your situation. In cases where there is only a tiny crack, your dentist might not recommend any treatment, as these cracks don’t usually cause any problems.  

Treatment options for cracked teeth include:  

  • Restoration of the tooth with the appropriate filling material
  • Placement of a crown to protect the tooth from further damage
  • Root canal if the pulp has become infected  
  • Extraction, only if the tooth is cracked beyond repair

It's vitally important to come in for regular dental checkups so that your dentist can diagnose and treat any issues before it’s too late. A cracked tooth can become a huge problem if it’s not treated in time.

If you suspect that you have a cracked tooth, call or book an appointment online with Wellness Dental.