Cavities are a common dental concern among individuals of all age groups. They are mainly caused due to the accumulation of bacteria on the teeth in the form of plaque and tartar. Cavities can be quite concerning if they are not treated in the early stages. If left untreated for an extended period of time, they may even lead to tooth loss.
How do cavities form?
Our teeth are covered by a transparent film of bacteria called plaque. The plaque has to be removed effectively by brushing the teeth twice every day, flossing once per day and visiting the dentist for routine oral cleaning sessions. If this isn’t carried out regularly, the bacteria can break down the outer layer of the teeth and start to form cavities, which can appear as dark spots on the teeth.
How are fillings used to treat cavities?
The best way to treat a cavity is by having your dentist remove the decayed part of tooth and replace the missing tooth structure with filling material. A dental filling is usually made from tooth colored composite resin or silver amalgam used for dental purposes. A well done filling can not only save the tooth from being extracted but can also restore its appearance to normal.
The dentist uses a handpiece to remove the decay from the cavity. Its walls will be scrubbed to remove the adhered bacteria. The dentist will prepare a filling material and place it in the tooth. A curing light of the right intensity is used to harden it, after which the dentist will trim and polish the filling so that it matches the appearance of the tooth.
Advantages of Fillings:
- Removing decayed tooth structure will prolong the life of the tooth.
- Fillings can be customized according to the appearance of the teeth.
- They are highly durable and long-lasting.
- They restore the function of the tooth.
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