Fillings are used to restore teeth that have been damaged by cavities. The dentist will usually remove the decay, clean the cavity and then fill it with a material that is either tooth colored or has a color to match the rest of your teeth.
Fixing teeth while the cavities are small is important. This will help preserve tooth enamel and avoid the need for a root canal or crown later on. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to deeper tooth decay, and eventually infection or abscess. The best time to schedule an appointment is when you notice any signs of decay.
What causes cavities?
Cavities are caused by plaque buildup on the teeth. When the plaque is not removed, it starts to harden and becomes tartar. Tartar is a form of hardened plaque that has been left on the teeth for a long time, which can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
The best way to prevent cavities is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and by flossing regularly. If you have small cavities, it is important to get them fixed as soon as possible because if left untreated, they will continue to grow and become more expensive over time.
If you notice decay, or experience sensitivity or pain in one of your teeth, schedule a checkup with Dr. Bateman.