Having tooth decay is the last thing you want, especially when you do your best to have a good oral hygiene routine. Even with consistent brushing and flossing, there is a chance for you to get caries. At Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, we know that things happen, and we are here to help treat your cavities. In today’s blog, we will talk about fillings as a solution.
Cavities can happen even if you feel like you are brushing and flossing properly. Some people are genetically predisposed to having weaker enamel, which can make cavities grow rapidly. Depending on your tooth structures, you may not be able to reach certain places where cavities are prone to grow. For instance, your back molars can be difficult to clean.Read more: Treating Dental Cavities
How To Avoid Cavities
There are some measures you can take to prevent tooth decay, like maintaining good oral hygiene, washing out your mouth after eating or drinking, avoiding sugary snacks and drinks, and of course regularly seeing your dentist. Unfortunately, though, sometimes these preventive measures do not always work.
What Is A Filling?
We suggest this treatment if we are unable to reverse early signs of decay. Cavities CAN be reversed with proper care. With fluoride treatment and the right dental care, you may be able to reverse these signs before they become too severe. However, if you are unable to do this, your dentist may suggest getting a filling.
The process of a filling is simple. After examining the area, your dentist will go in and remove the decaying part of the tooth. By doing this, they can stop the spread of more bacteria in your mouth that can further damage the tooth. Once this is removed, they fill the area with a material called composite resin. In our office, we match this material to the rest of your smile. This means that no one will know that you have gotten this done!
We want to ensure that your bite is normal with this filling, so sometimes we must shave the material down to fit the shape of your smile. Afterward, we polish your teeth, so everything is nice and shiny. Filling a cavity not only restores your teeth but can also prevent further problems from spreading.
What If I Do Not Get My Cavity Taken Care Of?
Without proper treatment, this decay can continue to grow and spread to your other teeth. This can cause issues ranging from pain, tooth loss, and gum problems. If the decay reaches the pulp of your teeth, you may need to get the tooth removed entirely or undergo a root canal. To avoid more invasive treatments, we recommend getting that cavity taken care of as soon as possible.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If your dentist has spotted a cavity in your mouth, be sure to call us at Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at 515-965-0230.