Cavities are the breakdown of teeth due to bacteria, also known as tooth decay. It’s common for people to have cavities without knowing they do because they don’t typically cause a lot of discomfort until they get worse. The more time that passes, the worse the cavity will become. If you wake up with a toothache or feel a sharp pain in your mouth while eating or drinking, it’s quite possible that you have developed a cavity and should schedule an exam with your dentist.
Cavities are caused from food and sugars sticking to the inside and outside of your teeth. Plaque builds up and carries bacteria that will begin to damage your teeth. Although cavities are most commonly found in children, adults should still visit the dentist every six months to have their teeth cleaned and examined. While adults may eat less junk food and be more conscious about brushing their teeth, gums naturally recede with age, exposing areas of the root and allowing food to become trapped in those areas, which are difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
In most cases a cavity can be fixed with a dental filling. After removing the diseased parts of the tooth and tissue, we fill in the holes with a substance that seals your tooth. This stops the decay and doesn’t allow more to occur. We can also fill in parts of your tooth that are damaged to reshape your tooth.
By using the latest advances in dentistry, we are able to offer fillings that are tooth colored. Before we even get started, we match the color of the filling material to the color of your teeth so that your fillings will not be not visible.
If you are unhappy with your current fillings, we can remove them and give you natural-looking fillings in their place. You deserve to have a smile that you can be proud of, and we will help you achieve that goal!
The procedure can vary in time and cost depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth. If you have any questions about fillings, please call our office today.