Unfortunately, many people avoid the dentist simply because they do not fully understand what goes on in the office. Perhaps they had a bad experience when they were younger and now they have severe dental anxiety that will barely allow them to schedule an appointment for a tooth that is in terrible pain. If you have a cavity and it is causing you pain, then the only course of action is to come see the dentist. You might be surprised how simple and easy your procedure can be. However, if you wait too long, the only option will be a complete root canal or tooth extraction. Cavities don’t go away on their own, but your dentist can help you with your pain.
When you eat food without properly cleaning your mouth afterwards, the food that you meant to nourish yourself can actually nourish harmful bacteria in your mouth. When the bacteria consume this leftover food, they produce an acid that can corrode your teeth. Over time, the acid will corrode a hole into your tooth. This whole is known as a cavity. You can prevent this cavity by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth as well as visiting your dentist for dental cleanings to remove the plaque. However, if you end up with a cavity and ignorant the tooth decay will only get worse over time.
If you visit your dentist, they can remove the plaque and bacteria that is causing the cavity and fill it with a type of dental filling. This will restore your tooth to its former glory as well as stop the pain.
Your dentist can use a number of different materials for your filling depending on your preferences and the dentists recommendation.
Amalgam fillings are very common. They appear silver in color and you might often see them used in the mouth of a child. However, there are more advanced Materials such as a composite resin, or porcelain. These materials allow you to keep a natural tooth color.
If you have any more questions regarding fillings, please give us a call today.