Tooth decay and cavities are incredibly common for adult Americans. Even with vigilant oral hygiene and mindful eating choices, there may be a point in your life where you get a cavity. It is important to remember that it can happen to anyone. You shouldn’t stress, but you should also be sure to get treatment as soon as possible. Tooth decay does not go away on its own. A cavity will get worse without treatment; it will not just go away if you ignore it. Treating a cavity with a filling can stop the cavity from worsening. A cavity that worsens can lead to a necessary root canal treatment, serious infection, and possibly the loss of the tooth.
What Is A Filling?
A filling restores your tooth. To do so, your dentist will first fully clean and disinfect the cavity and your tooth. Any damaged parts of your tooth may need to be removed. Your dentist may provide local anesthesia if needed. After any and all bacteria has been removed, the tooth will be treated with a mild acid to create a rough surface on your tooth. A rough surface makes a better surface to adhere the restorative resin to. Your dentist will apply a color-matched biocompatible composite resin to your tooth. Your dentist will harden, sculpt, and polish the resin to look like your natural tooth. The filling can restore your ability to chew and bite. It also protects your tooth from further decay or damage.
Stopping The Decay
Tooth decay is a progressive disease that will only stop once treated. After the tooth decay attacks the enamel and creates a cavity, it will continue to decay deeper inside the tooth. Inside the inner pulp and nerve area of the tooth, it can cause quite a bit of pain. At this stage, a filling will no longer be enough to treat the tooth, and root canal therapy may be necessary. Without root canal therapy, the decay can lead to an infection in the soft tissues that may cause a necessary extraction.
A filling can save your tooth
A filling can stop tooth decay before it causes severe problems. 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.