Cavities are one of the most common dental problems. They are caused by tooth decay, which occurs when bacteria in your mouth produce acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. If not treated, tooth decay can lead to an infection. If left untreated, this infection can spread to other parts of your mouth and body. At this point, you may experience significant pain because the inner layers of your teeth are sensitive to heat or cold. You may also notice an increased sensitivity to sweet foods because of the increased exposure of the nerves in your tooth. If the decay continues, it can reach the pulp of your tooth and cause an infection.
You may need a filling if the tooth shows signs of decay, such as discoloration or a visible hole. Visiting the dentist every six months is the best way to prevent the development of tooth decay. During these appointments, your dentist will conduct an oral exam to assess the health of your gums and teeth. They will also clean the teeth to remove any plaque buildup that may lead to cavities. This preventative care can help protect your teeth and decrease the likelihood you’ll need fillings in the future.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay, bacteria, and acid. Once a hole forms in the enamel of the tooth, it needs to be treated with a dental filling. The procedure is typically painless and quick. The dentist numbs the tooth, and the decayed portion is removed with a drill or laser. Then, a special resin mixture is used to fill the space where the tooth decay existed to prevent more bacteria from entering the body through the mouth. Finally, the filling is placed on top of the tooth and smoothed down to lock it in place. Patients can usually return to their normal activities after the procedure for filling a cavity. However, the teeth may still be sensitive for a few days following the treatment.
A dentist can provide a filling material that meets the patient’s needs and preferences. If the individual is having pain or discomfort caused by a cavity, they can get a filling to prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissue. If a person simply wants to improve their smile with tooth-colored fillings, then the dentist can provide those as well. Both options can be discussed during the consultation visit.
Visit us at Paradise Family Dental, 4900 Paradise Way, Suite 104, West Richland, WA 99353, to learn more about our dental procedures. Call us at (509) 581-0626 to book an appointment.