Artistically Filling Tooth Cavities
As a result of tooth decay, cavities (or holes) form when oral bacteria infect and spread through your tooth structure. To stop the infection and prevent the cavity from growing, your dentist can clean away the harmful oral bacteria and fill the cavity with a biocompatible material, such as tooth-colored ceramic or composite resin. If your dentist detects and treats your cavity in time, a filling can prevent the need for more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy.
Why Tooth Fillings Are Time Sensitive
Once tooth decay forms, it will continue to progress until you treat it, claiming more of your healthy tooth structure along the way. In most cases, the decay is caught before it progresses too far, thanks mainly to the pain that tooth decay causes. Yet, sometimes, it can progress enough that a filling is not sufficient to treat it. The best way to ensure the health of your tooth is to visit your dentist as soon as your tooth feels sensitive to avoid the decay spreading further. Otherwise, you may need to undergo root canal therapy or have the tooth removed and replaced with a dental implant by the time you seek treatment.
Call Our Office to Schedule an Appointment
If your tooth develops a cavity, then you can likely treat it with a conservative filling, but only if you seek treatment as soon as possible. To schedule your consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.