Why We Fill Cavities

Rowlett, TX dentist offers fillings for cavities

In a recent blog, we discussed how to prevent cavities. This is especially important for little ones learning how to care for their smiles for the first time. Unfortunately, this common dental problem can lead to many problems if not taken care of promptly. Today, your Rowlett, TX, dentist explains how filling cavities can treat tooth decay.

Preventive Care To Avoid Cavities

Even though there are treatments available for decay, the best thing to do for yourself is to take proper preventive measures. You should brush and floss twice a day to remove food particles from throughout the day. If you frequently snack throughout the day, remember to drink water to rinse out the sugar and acids from snacks. Lastly, do not skip your biannual dentist visits. These allow for early detection of cavities, which can save you time and money for restorative treatments later.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Repair And Restore

The process of filling a cavity is straightforward. At your appointment, the area may be numbed for your comfort. Then, using a special tool, the damaged part of the tooth will be removed. This is an important step because if it is not removed, the bacteria can continue to spread. After this, the area will be cleaned and prepared for the material to be added. At our office, we use composite resin to fill cavities. This will be bonded to the tooth, then the area will be polished, and the dentist will check that the filling fits with your bite.

In our office, we choose to use composite resin for fillings because it has several advantages over other materials, like metal or porcelain, that may be used elsewhere. First, it blends in with the color of your smile. Even though cavities are quite common, patients do not want a highly visible restoration. Additionally, this material is long-lasting and safe. It will not change shape when it comes into contact with other temperatures, and it fits well with the shape of your pearly white.

If You Do Not Treat A Cavity

When decay is ignored, it will continue to progress. Once the cavity has worn down the enamel, it will continue into the dentin, and then the pulp of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and tissue. When decay reaches deep into the tooth, it can cause severe discomfort. At this point, a root canal will be necessary to recover your tooth. This is similar to a filling, but it will be slightly more invasive to reach the pulp.

Come In For A Checkup Today

To schedule an exam or restoration such as a filling, call Rodem Tree Dental in Rowlett, TX, today at 972-475-2321. We can offer treatment for your whole family.