Have you ever had a cavity filling, and wondered what exactly that entailed? Cavities are both fairly easy to prevent and treat, if needed. When it comes to cavity fillings, here are some important things to know.
Cavities are a common occurrence in both adults and children caused by tooth decay. The biggest factor in tooth decay is the foods we eat. Without proper cleaning, leftover food on your teeth can become acidic and destroy the enamel on the teeth. Over time, this can leave weak spots of decaying tooth, which eventually will need to be treated. A dentist can detect these decaying spots with X-rays or an examination at your regular dental appointment.
When it comes to treating cavities, specifically more minor ones, the most common way is with a cavity filling. When you go in for a filling, the dentist will get rid of the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it with a stronger material, like porcelain or silver.
Prevention is the best way to avoid the need for a cavity filling. Regular brushing and flossing are important, daily things that will keep food from building up on your teeth and causing cavities. In addition to daily care of your teeth, it is vital to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist will have the tools necessary to detect problems with your teeth much sooner than you will at home.
If you have more questions about cavity filling, give us a call at Kotis Family Dentistry. We will be happy to help with all your dental health needs!