Cavities are tooth decay that can cause pain and tooth loss if untreated. Dental fillings are used to restore and protect damaged teeth, preserving oral health. Here’s what you need to know about cavities and fillings:
Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth. They occur when bacteria in your mouth produce acids that attack and erode the tooth enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth. Cavities can lead to tooth pain, sensitivity, and, if left untreated, more serious oral health problems.
When a dentist detects a cavity, the typical treatment involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling the space with a dental filling. Fillings are materials used to restore the damaged tooth structure and prevent further decay. They can be made of various materials, such as amalgam (a mixture of metals), composite resin (tooth-colored material), porcelain, or gold.
Fillings not only restore the tooth’s shape and function but also help to prevent further decay by sealing off the damaged area, preventing bacteria from entering. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to prevent cavities and the need for fillings in the first place.
Dental cavities are permanently damaged areas on the surface of the teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. They occur as a result of a combination of factors, primarily poor oral hygiene and the presence of bacteria in the mouth. The process begins with the formation of dental plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and food particles that adheres to the teeth. When plaque interacts with sugars or carbohydrates from food, it produces acids that attack the tooth enamel, eventually leading to cavities.
When you visit Sadie Badie Clinic for an oral exam, you can expect a comprehensive and personalized approach to your dental care.
Here is an overview of what typically happens during an oral exam:
Inadequate brushing and flossing habits allow plaque to accumulate on the teeth, increasing the risk of cavities.
Frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods and beverages provides fuel for bacteria to produce harmful acids that erode tooth enamel.
Insufficient saliva flow due to certain medications or medical conditions can contribute to the development of cavities as saliva helps neutralize acids and prevent plaque buildup.
Deep pits and fissures on the tooth surface can trap food particles and bacteria, making them susceptible to cavities.
The role of dental fillings is crucial in restoring and preserving oral health. When a dental cavity is detected, dental fillings are used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and prevent further damage. They serve as a barrier, sealing off the cavity and preventing bacteria from entering the tooth. By filling the void left by the decayed area, dental fillings restore the tooth’s strength, functionality, and appearance. Different types of fillings, such as amalgam, composite, and ceramic, are available, offering various benefits in terms of durability, aesthetics, and suitability for different teeth. Overall, dental fillings play a vital role in maintaining oral health and preventing the progression of tooth decay.
Proper care and maintenance of your night guard are essential for its longevity and effectiveness.
Amalgam fillings are durable and strong, composed of a mixture of metals. They are cost-effective, long-lasting, and ideal for restoring molars and back teeth. Despite concerns about mercury, research supports their safety. Amalgam fillings remain a reliable choice for restoring damaged teeth.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that blend seamlessly with the natural tooth, providing an aesthetically pleasing result. They bond well to the tooth and are particularly suitable for visible teeth. While they may not be as durable as amalgam fillings, advancements have improved their strength and longevity. With proper care, composite fillings can last for several years, making them an excellent choice for both dental health and a beautiful smile.
Ceramic fillings provide durability, aesthetics, and biocompatibility. They match the natural appearance of teeth, making them popular for visible areas. With stain resistance and long-lasting properties, ceramic fillings restore damaged teeth while maintaining an attractive smile.
Committed on providing high-quality, patient-focused care to help all patients of all ages from children to senior citizens protect their teeth, gums, and overall oral health.
Dr. Badie was born and raised abroad but moved to the United States when he was just 19 years old to attend college and earn his dental degree. Dr. Badie completed his undergraduate degree in biology at a California State University before receiving his doctor of dental surgery (DDS) degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Maintain a Healthy, Pain-Free Mouth with Regular Dental Care.
Schedule a Dental Checkup Today and Prevent Future Cavities! Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late.