Dental caries is the scientific, medical term for tooth decay. Studies by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have shown that 92% of American adults have had dental caries in their primary adult teeth, which means the odds are good that you have had or will have tooth decay. Tooth decay causes cavities. Untreated cavities can worsen and cause problems for your teeth; tooth decay can even lead to an extraction. Along with causes oral health issues, tooth decay can lead to infection that can spread to other parts of your body. Tooth decay can be treated early. Treating a cavity with a filling can prevent infection or a necessary extraction.
What Exactly Is A Filling?
A filling lives up to it’s name; it fills in a cavity. But first, your dentist will fully clean and disinfect the cavity and tooth. Any damaged tooth may need to be removed. Local anesthesia will be used to limit pain and discomfort. After all bacteria has been removed, your dentist will treat the tooth with a mild acid to create the perfect surface for bonding. Your dentist will color-match your tooth to a biocompatible composite resin, and apply the resin to your tooth. This resin looks and acts like your natural tooth. The resin will be hardened, sculpted, and polished, leaving you with a restored tooth. A filling will restore your ability to chew while also protecting your vulnerable tooth from further decay or damage.
A Filling Stops The Decay
Without treatment, a cavity will worsen. After the tooth decay attacks the enamel, it will continue to deepen within the tooth. Once inside the inner pulp and nerve area of the tooth, it often causes quite a bit of pain. At this point in the progression of tooth decay, a filling will no longer be enough, and root canal treatment may be necessary. Without a root canal, the decay may cause infection in the soft tissues leading to the point of a needed extraction.
Save your tooth with a filling
If you think you have a cavity, treat it with a filling. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.