Odds are, you will have a cavity. So will almost everyone you care about. There’s a high chance, you’ve had one already, in fact.
That’s not a criticism. That’s reality. More than 90 percent of all people in the United States will have to deal with tooth decay at one time or another.
Fortunately, a cavity does not have to spoil your smile. Your tooth can look as good as it ever has when you get a tooth filling at Oakmont Advanced Dentistry.
To fill your cavity, call 412-828-3311 to make an appointment at our office in Oakmont, PA.
How Cavities Form
You likely already know that preventing tooth decay is better than needing a filling. It’s why we encourage you to brush your teeth (twice per day), floss between your teeth and gums (every day), and get professional dental cleanings and exams on a regular basis.
Brushing, floss, and professional cleanings all remove food particles and plaque buildup from your mouth. Harmful bacteria, which already are in your mouth, used the sugars in the foods that you eat for energy. They use this to produce acids, which can damage the enamel of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that is formed as a combination of the bacteria, food particles, and saliva.
When food particles remain stuck to your teeth, that creates a bigger opportunity for plaque to develop. When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar. Tartar is difficult to remove, which is why professional cleanings are so important.
The bacteria acids cause the demineralization of enamel. This causes decay, which leads to a hole in your tooth. That is a cavity.
Fixing Your Tooth & Smile
Fillings literally fill the hole that is your cavity. For a long time, fillings were made of metal. Gold and amalgam fillings were effective at (1) restoring your ability to bite and chew without pain and (2) protecting your tooth against additional decay. We still offer these options. They are effective, which is why they continue to be used.
If your cavity is in a visible place, however, you may prefer something that looks more like your natural tooth. We have two other options that can achieve this goal. Composite resin fillings are made to match the natural color of your tooth. For large cavities, we may recommend porcelain fillings for you. These also can look like a natural part of your smile, and they can last for decades.
Before you decide, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. We want you to get a filling that works for you.
When To Get A Filling
Anytime you notice a dark spot on a tooth or you notice a tooth is more sensitive, we suggest you visit Oakmont Advanced Dentistry. We would much rather treat your cavity in the early stages with a tooth filling.
If the decay persists, you may need a dental crown to restore it. Beyond that, you could develop a toothache as a result of a tooth infection, which may require a root canal instead.