repair cavities with natural-looking composite fillings
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), cavities are very common. In fact, over 90 percent of adults have been diagnosed with at least one cavity. In other words, most people develop a cavity at some point in life.
what is a cavity?
Cavities form when bacteria infect and eat tooth structure. When we consume starches, including sugars, and acids our tooth enamel temporarily softens and bacteria invade. First, bacteria eat through tooth enamel, then sensitive dentin, then into the core of a tooth, where the nerve is housed. To keep cavities from growing, early detection and treatment are important.
Good oral care with daily flossing and twice-daily brushing will remove most bacterial plaque and food particles from your mouth. While good oral hygiene can deter tooth decay, a thorough examination by your dentist can detect it. The ADA recommends that healthy children and adults visit the dentist every six months for a checkup.
how we treat cavities
If detected, tooth decay requires restorative treatment that only a dentist can provide. There is no home treatment, and if you leave a cavity untreated, it will grow.
If you need a filling, one of our dentists will remove the decayed tissue, sanitize the cavity, and fill it with composite resin. This will restore health and comfortable function to your tooth.
Traditionally, dentists used silver amalgam fillings, also known as metal fillings, for cavity restoration. However, at Metropolitan Dental Care, we believe that composite, tooth-colored resin is the healthiest most esthetic material, so we do not use amalgam.
In some cases, tooth decay is too severe for a filling to adequately treat the affected tooth. The dentist will recommend either a crown or root canal therapy in these situations.