How Fillings Help Restore Decayed Teeth
Tooth decay can eventually eat away at your entire tooth if it isn't stopped. Fortunately, dental fillings offer a simple way to remove tooth decay and restore your tooth. Dr. Debbie Hibbeln and Dr. Mark Kowal, your Rochester Hills, MI, dentists explain how fillings can help you keep your smile strong and healthy.
How did I get a cavity?
Every day, plaque, a colorless film of bacteria coats your teeth. Plaque combines with the sugars in the foods you eat to create acids that destroy your tooth enamel. When a section of the enamel is destroyed, bacteria begins to attack the interior portion of your tooth, causing a cavity. Although brushing and flossing removes plaque and reduces your risk of tooth decay, sometimes it's difficult to reach all of the nooks and crannies in your mouth.
Why is a filling necessary?
In addition to preventing further damage to your tooth, a filling offers other benefits, such as:
- Pain Reduction: Biting and chewing on a tooth that has a cavity can be painful. When the tooth is filled, the pain will end, allowing you to eat without a problem.
- Healthier Tooth: When you visit your dentist every six months, they can spot cavities when they're still small. Treating tooth decay at this stage means that more of your healthy tooth structure will be retained when your dentist drills into your tooth. Filling cavities when they're small also reduces the chance that you'll eventually need a root canal or crown.
- No Tooth Loss: Filling a cavity prevents decay from spreading and threatening the health of your tooth.
How are teeth filled?
If you have a cavity, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, then use a dental drill to remove the decayed portion of your tooth. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, they will place the filling material in the space. Depending on the location of your tooth and your insurance, the tooth may be filled with silver amalgam, composite resin, porcelain, gold or ionomer. All of these filling materials are tough and durable and will last for many years.
Are you concerned about a possible cavity? Call Dr. Debbie Hibbeln and Dr. Mark Kowal, your Rochester Hills, MI, dentists, at (248) 608-1300 to schedule an examination today. Restore your teeth with fillings!