Dental Fillings From Your Dentists in Brantford
Even with a diligent, careful oral hygiene routine, cavities can happen. If they do, it’s important that you have them treated right away to prevent further infection, as well as the need for more complex restorative treatments.
What is a cavity?
When the foods we eat encounter bacteria in our mouths, a chemical reaction takes place and acid is produced. This acid can weaken tooth enamel and cause the tooth to experience decay. That process begins with a small hole developing in the tooth that becomes an opening where infection and additional decay can flourish. Left untreated, this process can cause significant pain and increase the need for complex restorative treatments.
Are there cavity symptoms I should watch for?
While symptoms often do not present themselves initially, over time, you may experience pain when you chew, tooth sensitivity, mild to significant pain when eating or drinking cold, hot, or sweet items, surface staining on the tooth, and/or pain that arises unexpectedly.
What’s the best way to prevent cavities?
Along with diligent oral hygiene habits that include brushing twice and flossing once daily, patients should have their teeth professional cleaned and examined in our office at least twice a year.
Eating a nutritious diet is also important, as is limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks. Ensuring that you use a fluoridated toothpaste is also key, as it can not only intercept cavity formation – it can undo the early stages of decay. Patients should also keep in mind that compromised restorative work can allow bacteria and plaque to form in weakened areas, making quick repairs a must.
What filling materials are available?
Tooth-coloured composite and silver-coloured amalgam are the most popular fillings materials used today. While the latter is highly dependable and has been used to fill cavities for many decades, composite materials have quickly become an in-demand choice as they match the natural shade of teeth and boost patients’ smiling and speaking confidence.
Have additional questions about fillings? Call our friendly team today!
Contact Us About Dental Fillings Today
- Preserve the health of your tooth by treating a cavity right away
- Avoid tooth sensitivity and pain associated with untreated decay
- Choose between amalgam and composite materials
- Minimize your need for more complex restorative treatments in the future
- Keep your smile healthy for life!