Cavity & Fillings
If you have never had a cavity, congratulations! However, if you have had one, you are not alone. About 78% of us have had at least one cavity by the time we reach age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately, there’s a time-tested treatment for cavities: dental fillings.
Fillings do just what the name implies — they seal a small hole in your tooth, i.e., a cavity caused by decay (a bacteria-induced infection) which prevents it from spreading further into your tooth, resulting in a root canal treatment.
TOOTH FILLINGS ARE USED WHEN FIXING A CAVITY
Various materials are used to fill teeth these days, but how we fill them is similar. First, we do a clinical exam of the tooth with x-rays to determine the extent of the decay. Secondly, We will remove the area of the tooth, usually with a handheld instrument such as a dental drill. Last, After removing the decay, the remaining tooth structure is restored to health and function with a white colored filling material
Just so you know, your tooth will be numbed first so you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. If you usually feel nervous about receiving numbing injections, we offer oral sedation which will make you more relaxed.
How to know if you have a cavity?
There are a few signs that a tooth cavity may be forming. For example, tooth pain lasting more than a few minutes or sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Another example is a tooth that changes color or has visible plaque or tartar.
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