Cavities are broken down teeth caused by bacteria on the surfaces. These bacteria break down and cause holes in the tooth structure, which left untreated could grow until tooth structure becomes weak and break or until the cavity reaches the nerve of the tooth and causes you pain.
At an appointment to fix a cavity, the dentist will first remove the cavity and bacteria from the tooth. Then the filling material will be placed back into the missing area of the tooth to restore it back to normal function and looks.
Most of your chewing teeth have grooves and pits on the biting surface that are hard to clean, even with proper brushing techniques. Dental sealants are a thin, tooth-colored acrylic coating that is simply painted on the biting surface of a tooth. They “seal” the deep grooves and act like a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and acidic foods. Sealants are very effective in preventing decay on these surfaces for both children and adults and can last many years under normal chewing forces before reapplication may be needed.
If you are in need of restorative dentistry treatment, contact our office to schedule an examination or appointment!
Tooth colored fillings are also called composite fillings. This material can be used to fixed small chips in teeth, as well as replacing tooth structure that has been broken down by a cavity. It matches the color of your tooth that it is restoring. Frequently, a filling usually is done with a tooth colored filling, however, certain circumstances may call for the use a silver filling.
Silver colored fillings are also called amalgam fillings. This is another alternative filling material option that can be used to repair a broken down tooth.
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