At North County Health Services, we want to provide our patients with only the most comprehensive services available to help improve their quality of life. From finding treatments to unexpected illnesses to procedures for a sudden injury to professional dental services, we focus on providing as many services as possible to our community.
At North County Health Services, we provide a comprehensive list of dental care services, available at select locations throughout our NCHS network. We want to make sure that all of our patients have access to all of the dental services that they need to maintain healthy oral hygiene without having to travel to different locations.
While it’s not something most people want to think about, tooth extraction and tooth fillings are necessary and important dental procedures that many people need. Tooth extraction and tooth filling procedures can make a big difference in the level of comfort you’ll experience if you’re facing various dental complications.
Tooth and Cavity Filling
If you’re experiencing abnormal dental pain, it’s possible you may need a tooth extraction. A wisdom tooth extraction is not an uncommon procedure that’s needed, as wisdom teeth can cause an undesirable amount of pain or further complications in later years. The earlier it can be removed, the less problems it will cause in the future.
Another common type of dental procedure is a cavity filling. A cavity can be formed when tooth enamel becomes too weak and sugar and acid (from various foods and beverages) work together to break through into the tooth, creating the cavity. This cavity can become a problem for the tooth if left alone and will cause the rest of the tooth to deteriorate. Tooth fillings solve this problem by filling the tooth with a special type of material that can help to prevent future cavities from forming.
Tooth filling and tooth extraction cost can vary from patient to patient depending on the complexity of the operation, the number of teeth that need to be extracted or filled, and a variety of other factors. The best way to reduce future cavity filling and tooth extraction costs is to practice good dental habits. When you visit our health centers, we’ll help you to develop good oral hygiene habits so that you can greatly reduce the chance of getting a cavity.
Tips for Reducing Tooth Decay
In order to avoid getting a cavity, which requires you to get a filling or extraction in some cases, you need to be able to reduce tooth decay by practicing good dental hygiene and dental habits. Below you’ll find some tips to help you reduce the likelihood of tooth decay. Some may seem simple, but in most cases, simple dental hygiene is all it takes to keep tooth decay at bay.
Brush Your Teeth
You’ll hear this a lot from most dentists. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, typically in the morning and before bed, can greatly reduce the chance of experiencing tooth decay. This is because you are constantly brushing away sugars from food, snacks, and drinks, as well as other debris.
If possible, try to brush your teeth after each meal and especially before going to bed. Brushing before bed is vital, as your teeth will be stuck with whatever you leave on them for quite a long time before you have a chance to brush again.
Floss Between Your Teeth
Flossing is often argued as the most important thing you can do versus brushing your teeth. Combined, brushing and flossing is one of the most powerful habits you can introduce into your daily lifestyle. Flossing is important because when you brush, you’re only removing debris on the surface of your teeth and the bristles of the brush have no chance of getting between your teeth, which is where some food can get stuck, causing tartar to form.
Use a Fluoride Mouthwash
A fluoride mouthwash can be used on a daily basis in addition to brushing and flossing as a way to not only to help rinse your mouth out, but also to kill any harmful bacteria in your mouth that would otherwise cause plaque to form on your teeth.
Enjoy Nutritious & Balanced Meals
Improving your diet and nutrition is a great way to help reduce tooth decay. Avoid unhealthy snacks that contain carbohydrates and sugars, like candy, pretzels, and chips, which can leave residue on the teeth. It’s best to brush your teeth after every meal, especially for sugary and sticky snacks.
Local Health Centers for Dental Services
Below you can find a list of all of our health centers that specialize in our dental care services, including tooth filling, tooth extraction, wisdom tooth extraction, and more. If you have any questions about tooth extraction cost, any of our services, or to seek help in locating our health centers, feel free to ask!
- Perris Health Center – (951) 956-2400
- San Marcos Health Center – (760) 736-6767
- Ramona Health Center – (760) 789-1223
- Oceanside Dental – (760) 736-6767
Contact us today to learn more about our dental services including tooth extraction, cavity filling, tooth fillings, and more. We’ll help you understand the process that’s involved for getting a tooth filling, tooth extraction, or any other kind of dental procedure.
How Are Tooth Fillings Done?
Most people have had at least one cavity filled in their lifetime, but if you haven’t and you need to have it done soon, you may be concerned or curious about the process. In most cases, tooth fillings are done to correct a cavity, but they also may be done when teeth are cracked, worn down, or completely broken. No matter the reason for getting tooth fillings, the basic process is generally the same.
First, the dentist will remove part of the tooth. This will either be the decay in the cavity or the jagged edges of a broken or cracked tooth. After cleaning the area and ensuring everything that needed to be removed is gone, the filling will be put in. What the tooth filling is made of will depend on a number of things but is primarily related to your dentist’s recommendations, the extent of the decay or filling needed, and the location of the tooth fillings. Once the actual tooth fillings are in, the dentist will finish the job by shaping, trimming, and polishing the tooth and filling.
What Is a Tooth Filling Made Of?
You may be wondering, “What is a tooth filling made of?” There are several possibilities for what tooth fillings can be made of, but the most common materials include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, plastic, composite resin, and glass ionomer. Silver amalgam is made up of mercury that is mixed with a powdered alloy of silver, tin, and copper. This is the most common type of filling and it has been used for over 150 years. It is similar in durability to gold tooth filling but costs significantly less. When you’re deciding what is the best tooth filling material, you’ll need to discuss your options with the dentists at NCHS to make the right decision for you and your personal circumstance.
Is Tooth Pain After Fillings Normal?
While many people get tooth fillings to eradicate the pain of a cavity, some still experience tooth pain after fillings are completed. In most cases, this is totally normal, but everyone should be aware of the reasons for tooth pain after fillings and ensure they are taking care of their teeth after the fillings are done. The most common reason for tooth pain after a filling is general sensitivity to the procedure. Teeth may need to get used to the filling, and you may have sensitivity to hot and cold at the site of the tooth filling and it may feel strange to bit down on the filling. Other reasons for tooth pain after fillings can include a loose or cracked tooth filling or even an allergic reaction to the filling itself. If your tooth pain after a filling gets unbearable or does not resolve within a few days, it’s best to check back in with your dentist to explore the cause of the pain and handle it accordingly.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures that occurs today. Sometimes wisdom teeth don’t have space to grow or they can get cavities and infections in them from improper care or brushing, resulting in a wisdom tooth extraction. This is a simple procedure where one or more wisdom teeth are removed from the mouth. Complications are incredibly rare and wisdom tooth extraction recovery is generally straightforward and simple. Recovery time is different for everyone, but most people can expect a full wisdom tooth extraction recovery to be complete by two weeks after the date of removal. Taking care of the incision site and following the dentist’s instructions are key factors in minimizing wisdom tooth extraction recovery time and maximizing healing.