Filling cavities is still the most common dental restoration but thanks to better attention to dental health, prevention as well as daily brushing and flossing regiments the number of cavities have decreased, while advances in treatment technology and techniques at practices like our Anderson dentist at Eastgate Dental Excellence have made the process of restoring a cavity much quicker and causing much less discomfort.
Generally cavities occur when food particles remain on the surface of a tooth or between teeth. The bacteria in your mouth turns the food particles into acid and, in turn, the combination of bacteria, acid, food particles and saliva forms plaque, which sticks to the teeth and begins to form holes in the enamel of the tooth. which are referred to as cavities. As the holes decay and get bigger more debris is allowed into the center of the tooth and may eventually affect the inner core of the tooth, the pulp. Anybody at any age can get cavities, not just children. Our Anderson dentist restores teeth with cavities by drilling out the decayed portion using new electric drilling technology that reduces traditional drilling noise. Our state-of-the-art office is equipped with the latest in dental equipment and technology. Our practice uses mercury-free filling materials such as composite resin fillings that blend in better with the tooth to protect the teeth. If the cavity is too large our doctor may place a crown over the tooth to protect it. If the pulp of the tooth has become infected an endodontic treatment may also be necessary to complete the restoration.
Our Anderson dentist believes that prevention of cavities is a far better approach than restoration. Cavities are prevented by a combination of diligent home tooth brushing and flossing as well as avoiding sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. Our doctor also recommends regular checkups in our office to catch any developing problems and treat them early as well as twice yearly dental cleanings. For our younger patients we also recommend the application of dental sealants and the use of fluoride treatments. Come into our office and let’s begin to prevent cavities and other dental problems together.