One common dental problem that the majority of us have had is a cavity. Cavities are caused by the weakening of the enamel of the tooth, which is caused by bacteria. As this bacteria builds up, it causes an acid film that starts to attack the structure of the tooth. However, if these cavities are caught early on, the treatment options are relatively simple and cost-effective. But if a cavity is left untreated, it can result in the need for root canal therapy or worse, a tooth extraction. In order to protect your natural teeth and sustain proper oral health, seeing a dentist for a checkup can make all the difference. If you live in La Mesa, CA or the surrounding area, then be sure to contact Cardinal Dental for all of your dental needs. Our comforting office and experienced dental professionals are here to rejuvenate your smile and improve your oral health!
How Are They Treated?
Cavities are treated by the use of fillings and bondings. At first, the patient will most likely have an x-ray completed to determine the severity of the cavity. From there, the dentist will then work to remove the decayed area of the tooth, while keeping the surrounding area healthy. After the decayed area is removed from the cavity, the area will be thoroughly cleaned, and the filling material will be added. The dentist will form and shape this material until the patient’s bite is comfortable.
What Are “White” Fillings?
White fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings, are made up of resin composite that is used to fill a cavity. This resin composite is tinted to match the patient’s tooth color precisely. This is done to give the filling a natural look. These fillings are added in layers, and a certain light is used to harden these fillings. Resin composite is used because this material is inorganic and cannot be affected by plaque bacteria. Another benefit of these composite fillings is that they contain no mercury, which is seen in some metal fillings.
Prevention is Key
Although a cavity filling procedure is easy and relatively pain-free, they still cost money and can cause some further issues. In order to prevent a cavity from forming, it’s vital that you brush and floss correctly every single day. Furthermore, it’s important to receive dental checkups every six months to ensure proper oral health. In addition, limiting the consumption of sugary and acidic foods will help prevent these cavities from forming.
Call Cardinal Dental Today!
Our dentist, Dr. Paul Michels, would be happy to sit down with you to discuss every dental need you’re looking for. His prestigious academic accomplishments and deep passion for dentistry makes him one of the best dentists in the area. Call us today to make an appointment!