A cavity is a hole that forms on the tooth due to tooth decay. It's a common problem, affecting over half of all Americans. Cavities occur when the acids from bacteria in the mouth mix with food particles and saliva. After about 20 minutes, this mixture begins to form plaque, which clings to the tooth's surface. When the bacteria consume the sugars it gets from the food particles, it excretes acid. This acid breaks down the enamel, forming a hole called a cavity.
Cavities can be very serious because they could lead to severe tooth and gum problems. Cavities are very common, and most children and older adults will develop one.
Dental restorations are dental works that are used to restore teeth affected by decay, a misshapen bite, or cracks. Dental fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. They are used to fill in a cavity after it has been removed from the tooth.
A dental filling is used to replace a cavity caused by decay. When decay leads to a cavity, a dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and replaces it with a filling. This prevents further decay, infection, and other dental issues.
A dental filling can be made from a number of materials, including silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, and composite resin. The dentist will work with you to determine which option best fits your dental needs and budget.
There are several types of fillings. These include the following:
Before your dentist places a filling, they will first remove the decayed portion of your tooth. They may use local anesthesia to numb the area or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to alleviate any discomfort. Next, your dentist will fill the cleaned-out portion of your tooth with a material called composite resin. This material will harden on its own, and your dentist will polish it until it's smooth and matches your natural tooth color.
There are many benefits of dental fillings. The treatment can:
To learn more about the dental services offered by Azalea Road Dental, call Dentist in Mobile, AL at (251) 666-1310 or schedule an appointment online.
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