In an ideal world, we would be able to prevent all cavities. The good news is that thanks to preventive interventions like good home hygiene, regular professional cleanings, and treatments like fluoride and sealants, we can prevent cavities from happening often. The occasional cavity may still occur, however, and when it does, you want to know that your treatment will be both easy and comfortable and won’t have a negative impact on your smile.
At Bond Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings that effectively fill your cavity while preserving the integrity of your tooth and blending in flawlessly with your enamel for a smile that’s free from imperfections.
What Causes Cavities?
The culprit behind cavities is actually the bacteria that make their home in your mouth. These bacteria like to feed on the sugars in the food you eat (which is just one of the reasons why limiting sugary foods is a good idea).
Plaque, the sticky substance that clings to your teeth, is made up of saliva, food particles, and bacteria. The bacteria excrete acid, and when plaque isn’t cleared away by regular brushing, the acid can remain in close contact with your enamel and eat away at it. Eventually, this creates holes in your teeth.
How Are Cavities Treated?
To treat a cavity, we have to remove the damaged portion of your tooth, sterilize the area to get rid of the bacteria, and then fill the hole to prevent further damage and keep the structure of your tooth stable. In most cases, this is a pretty simple process.
Composite fillings are a great option because not only are they more aesthetic, but they also allow us to preserve more of your natural tooth structure when we are filling them. Traditional metal (or amalgam) fillings require us to create an “anchor” to hold them in place while composites actually bond directly to the tooth. Once the composite is placed and polished, even you won’t be able to tell where your cavity was!
In most cases, white composite fillings are the perfect choice for filling cavities, but in some cases, we may still recommend traditional amalgam. If we feel like amalgam is a better choice for you, we’ll let you know and discuss the reasons why.
Do I Have a Cavity?
Most of the time, cavities are painless until they become very large in size. This is why regular cleanings and check-ups are so important. Cleanings are a crucial part of cavity prevention because they allow us to remove the traces of plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can miss, and check-ups and x-rays allow us to catch cavities when they are small – before they can do much damage or cause you discomfort.
One of the first signs of a developing cavity is sensitivity. If you have a tooth that suddenly feels sensitive, please give us a call to schedule an appointment so that we can determine what’s causing the discomfort in your tooth.
Are you overdue for a cleaning or a check-up? That’s okay! Give us a call so that we can help you get back on track!