If you have a cavity, you are not alone. It is estimated that around half of all US adults have had cavities at least once in their lifetime. Although this is a common problem, it is important to treat it when detected to avoid more severe problems. At Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, we offer composite resin fillings to repair the area after decay and maintain your appearance.
Why We Fill Cavities
You may be wondering why we fill the space left after removing a cavity instead of leaving it there. This is for several reasons. First, when we remove the damaged part of the tooth, the area may be weakened. To maintain its structural integrity, we add material to the space. Another reason is to prevent bacteria from entering the area and continuing the progression of the decay. If a cavity is left untreated, it can continue to wear down the enamel and enter the deeper layers of the tooth. In severe cases, the pulp can become infected. At this stage, you may need a root canal to restore the area. To avoid this problem, a filling is done as a restorative and preventive measure.
The Benefits Of Composite Resin
There are several materials available for this restorative technique. Some practices may choose to use amalgam (silver), ceramic, gold, or more. In our office, we use composite resin because it is highly durable, discreet, and easily bondable. You will not need to worry about others noticing your fillings because the material will match the color of your smile. During the process, less of your tooth will need to be removed because it can be adhered to easily.
Getting A Tooth Filled
This restoration is a simple process. At your next checkup, your dentist may notice decay due to signs of sensitivity in the area or an X-ray. If this is noticed, they will schedule a separate appointment for your filling. At this appointment, the damaged part of the tooth will be removed using a gentle drill. Then, the composite resin will be added to the area after it has been cleaned and prepped.
To avoid cavities in the future, there are a few preventive steps you can take. First, remember to brush and floss at least twice a day. This helps remove particles from food and drinks. You can follow up with antiseptic mouthwash for extra protection. In addition to these at-home steps, you should also see your dentist every six months for a checkup. These visits allow for early detection of cavities and gum disease, which allows time for early treatment.
Do Not Delay This Treatment
If you have a cavity, do not avoid treatment. To schedule this restoration, call Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, at (763) 416-0606.