Cavities are holes in your teeth caused by decay. The area around the hole generally looks dark brown or gray. Cavities are usually caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria form the dental plaque. Coming in contact with the carbohydrates and sugars in food, they turn the environment in your mouth acidic. The enamel of the teeth is thus compromised. Once eroded, enamel no longer protects the tooth. The softer dentin layer will be completely exposed, which will eventually lead to the formation of cavities. Decay will than spread deeper into the tooth.
Why Do I Need a Filling?
If you do not treat tooth decay, it will end up entering into your nerve canal, which is painful and leads to infections and abscess. This is why you need fillings. As fillings age and become worn out, you should definitely consider replacing them with new ones. It’s good to know that a chipped tooth can also be repaired with filling.
Left untreated, cavities bring along pain and eventually tooth loss. If you choose to procrastinate having your cavities filled, dental treatment becomes more expensive, more complicated, and you may even need root canal therapy.
Tooth Color Fillings
As long as you care for the aesthetics of your denture, composite fillings are probably the best choice in terms of material. They can match the natural color of your tooth with great results and are, at the same time, a very solid option: this is why composites are the most popular option available.
Your dentist will clean the decay, then apply a cleansing gel and a bonding solution, and, finally, the composite material which consists of plastic and glass particles that harden in the presence of blue light within seconds. After it hardens, your dentist will check your bite and make the necessary adjustments.
Expectations Regarding Composite Fillings
The anesthetic your dentist may choose to use during the process in order to make you feel more comfortable may cause you some minor discomfort following the filling procedure. Follow your dentist recommendations regarding over the counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen. If pain persists, visit your dentist right away, as it normally shouldn’t. When decay is very deep, the nerve could be infected with bacteria already. Although your dentist has filled your cavity, root canal treatment might still be your only option if pain is severe and does not go away with medication.
In time, composite fillings sometimes change color or chip away from the tooth. It means it’s time to replace them.