Cavities & Fillings

Cavities & Fillings

How Do Cavities Form?

Cavities are caused by improper oral hygiene. Contributing factors can include a diet rich in sugar and starch, drinking sweet beverages, using tobacco products, and drinking alcohol excessively.

If you do not clean your teeth properly, bacteria in your mouth will start to consume sugar and starch from food particles. The byproduct of this turns into acid, which eats away at the enamel of your tooth. Given enough time, this creates a hole in your tooth, also known as a cavity.

Signs of Cavities

Pain in a tooth may indicate a cavity, but cavities don’t always hurt. Other signs you should be on the lookout for including brown or black staining/discoloration of a tooth, sensitivity to heat, cold and pressure, and visible holes or pits in your teeth

Treating Cavities

If we can catch your cavity early, we will recommend a filling. This involves removing the decayed enamel with a dental drill and replacing it with a composite or metal-amalgam filling, restoring the shape and function of your tooth.

If you have a major cavity, though, you may need a dental crown. Dental crowns cover up the entire exterior surface of your tooth and can restore your tooth after it has been affected by a large cavity.

Composite vs. Amalgam Fillings

Composite fillings are made out of a special type of dental resin. They require the removal of less enamel compared to metal amalgam fillings and provide a sturdy hold. In addition, the resin will match the color of your teeth for a more seamless restoration. Metal-amalgam fillings, on the other hand, use a blend of metals like tin, mercury, and silver. They are affordable, pliable, and last a long time, but they do discolor your tooth.

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