How Does A Filling Stop A Cavity?

How Does A Filling Stop A Cavity?Tooth decay can be prevented, but it cannot repair itself. Unlike other health issues, like a common cold for example, tooth decay does not just go away on its own. If tooth decay has created a cavity in your tooth, treatment is important to stop it from getting worse. What may start out as a minor problem can quickly become serious, changing your treatment options dramatically. Once decay erodes the enamel of your tooth, the tooth is left vulnerable to infection and further damage. Treatment with a filling can stop the tooth decay, restore the tooth, and protect it from worsening decay. 

What Is A Filling?

The first step of the process is to numb the area surrounding the affected tooth. The tooth will be disinfected inside the cavity and any damaged pieces of tooth will be removed. Once the decay is completely removed, a composite resin will be used to restore the tooth to its original shape and size. The resin will be hardened and polished. The treatment will help ensure that the tooth decay does not continue to deeper parts of the tooth. It will also allow the tooth to be strong enough to bite, chew, and resist further damage and decay.

Why Is It Important?

If a filling is not done on a tooth with a cavity, the tooth decay can continue to get worse. Once decay enters the inner chamber of a tooth, it can create inflammation and infection. If infection reaches the roots of the tooth, it can create an abscess. An abscessed tooth is risky for both your oral health and overall health. There are limited treatment options for an abscess. A root canal treatment or a dental extraction are usually the only options at that stage. Treating a cavity early (or even preventing it in the first place) is a good way to prevent severe damage to a tooth.

A filling can help restore a tooth with a cavity

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