A cavity may be a common problem, but it is also a serious one. Without proper treatment, tooth decay can progress into an infection, one threatening the health and stability of your tooth. Fortunately, we can offer restorative treatments to correct the problem. Will a dental filling be enough to repair your tooth? What does placing one involve?
The Causes of Tooth Decay
While our teeth are coated in a strong layer of enamel, the hardest substance in the human body, this layer can be compromised when a tooth becomes damaged or due to poor oral hygiene, which can lead to a plaque buildup forming that weakens the enamel. Bacteria then reach the inner layers of tooth structure allowing cavities to form.
Warning Signs and Treatment Options
Often an early warning sign of a cavity is tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Later, a full-blown toothache can form. If you experience discomfort, please see the dentist right away. We can diagnose the issue and if necessary, recommend treatment. A filling is often used to address decay. We apply a lifelike composite resin to the tooth, repairing the decay in one visit. For more severe cases, we may suggest an inlay or onlay, or possibly a dental crown.
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