A cavity is a hole in the teeth. Cavities, or tooth decay, develop from bacteria buildup. This bacteria interacts with the carbohydrates and sugars in your food, creating an acidic environment in the mouth which dissolves the enamel.
When the enamel dissolves, the tooth is left unprotected. Bacteria begins to break down the softer dentin layer of the tooth, causing tooth decay.
Why Do I Need a Cavity Filling?
Untreated tooth decay will worsen. Eventually, decay breaks down the tooth so far that the inner soft tissues and nerves become damaged. An untreated cavity can eventually lead to:
- Severe tooth pain
- Tooth loss
- Jawbone deterioration
A cavity filling is a simple procedure that takes no more than a few minutes in the dental chair. The sooner you have a cavity fixed, the better you protect your tooth from further damage. A cavity filling is much easier than an extraction and replacement or root canal therapy.
Customized Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
Composite fillings, or white fillings, flawlessly match your tooth color. Composite fillings have become so popular over the years because they match the existing tooth color while still providing a good bond and lasting strength to the tooth.
- Your Fayetteville dentist will clean the area of decay thoroughly.
- He or she will apply a cleansing gel and a bonding solution.
- Your dentist will apply the composite filling material.
- The composite fillings are hardened with a high-intensity blue light.
All in all, the placement of white fillings is a comfortable and rapid procedure. Your dentist will check his work to ensure you approve of the shape and color of the new white fillings. He will adjust your dentistry until you both love the results.
When placing white fillings, we will use a local anesthesia to keep you pain-free.
To schedule your next dental visit, or to learn more about composite fillings, contact our Fayetteville or Hope Mills office today!