Even if you diligently brush and floss your teeth, decay can still occur. Various factors, including diet and genetics, can influence the presence of cavities — despite your best preventative efforts. If a cavity does, in fact, develop, your dentist will most likely suggest a dental filling. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist the situations in which you might need a filling and what goes into the process of placing one in your affected teeth.
What Is A Cavity?
Before discussing treatments, we should talk about cavities and what causes them. You most likely know they are detrimental, but we don’t often talk about them outside of the importance of avoiding them. Cavities are one of the most common kinds of tooth decay. Lifestyle choices — like diet, alcohol, and tobacco intake — typically promote them. That said, genetics can also affect how susceptible you are to experiencing them. Sugary and acidic foods and drinks are probably common causes.
The most common kind of this tooth decay is referred to as coronal cavities. These are found on the chewing surfaces of your teeth and in between them. Root cavities are another type and are found in the roots of your teeth when your gum line recedes. It is extremely important to treat tooth decay as quickly as possible, so it doesn’t end up hurting the nerves deep within your teeth, causing abscesses. Your dentist will have a good sense of the condition of your teeth and any decay when you come in for regular examinations.
Fillings Provide A Solution
If a cavity does indeed develop, your dentist will suggest you receive a filling. they determine that there is decay, they will move forward with the procedure. Ultimately, this will get your tooth back to its normal health. There are several types made from different materials ranging from metal to tooth-colored composite resins. Metal fillings are usually used to address mild to moderate decay and are the “old school” type. Ones made with composite resin are better for more visible teeth because they blend in very well. There are different benefits to each kind, so your dentist can recommend the one that’s right for your smile.
What To Expect From The Procedure
At the start, your dentist will give you local anesthesia, to numb your mouth. From there, they will carefully drill into your enamel to remove the decay and prepare the area. After the tooth is prepped, they will place the filling. For the final step, your dentist will finish and polish the tooth so everything feels natural and comfortable in your mouth.
Contact Us To Learn More About Fillings
If you think you might suffer from tooth decay, do not hesitate to contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your ideal smile.