Did you know that you may have a cavity and not even know it? The early stages of tooth decay rarely produce any symptoms. In fact, if you wait until your tooth starts hurting or shows discoloration, your cavity may be at its more advanced stages and your treatment may involve more than a simple dental filling.
Going to your routine dental checkups are the best way to catch cavities before they compromise your entire oral health. Minor areas of decay can be addressed with a tooth-colored filling, also known as composite resin. Dental fillings do far more than just repair a decayed tooth. They can also stop the decay from spreading as well as prevent the tooth from suffering future harm
Stopping the Progression of Decay
Once a cavity is detected, a filling material is applied to the surface of the tooth to “fill in” the hole or dent that decay has caused. Fillings can stop the decay from spreading to other parts of the tooth.
Repairing the Tooth
Composite fillings adhere directly to the surface of the affected tooth. They work to replace lost tissues and structures of the tooth and restore its integrity. In doing so, the tooth gains its original strength to withstand everyday dental function.
Preventing Further Damage
Fillings give the tooth extra strength so that it can heal. However, fillings can also work to prevent further damage by making the tooth less vulnerable to more decay. Strong oral hygiene and routine dental visits can ensure your fillings are effective at protecting your tooth for years to come.
Dental fillings serve a number of purposes towards your current and future smile health. However, waiting too long to treat a cavity could mean the difference in a getting a simple filling versus a root canal and custom crown. If your dentist recommends a filing to repair a cavity, don’t delay. At Green Dental of Alexandria, we promise a comfortable and rewarding visit when repairing tooth decay. Schedule your smile exam or cavity repair today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
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