If you have a cavity, then you need treatment. Otherwise, a relatively minor problem can become something much more severe. We often use dental fillings to repair cavities for our Gladstone, MO, patients. Do you have questions about fillings and cavity repair?

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Fillings

Question: What causes a cavity to form?

Answer: Our teeth are normally protected by a strong outer layer of enamel. However, poor oral hygiene or injuries can weaken enamel and allow bacteria to reach the inner layers of dentin, causing the onset of cavities.

Question: Will my filling look natural?

Answer: Yes! In the past, they were made using metal. However, we use composite resin, which is metal-free and can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth structure. We also polish the restoration after we place it, which also helps ensure a more natural appearance.

Question: What happens if cavities are not treated?

Answer: Without treatment, a cavity continues to grow more severe until eventually, bacteria reaches the inner pulp. Your pulp is your tooth’s nerve center, which means the presence of bacteria can cause an infection or abscess.

Question: How do I avoid future tooth decay?

Answer: You can take steps to safeguard your smile from cavities. First, make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and floss every night before bed. We also suggest seeing us every six months for a dental cleaning, which removes plaque buildup and helps prevent enamel erosion.


At Bailey Dental Care, we help repair teeth with a lifelike dental filling. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.