At the first twinge of pain in your tooth, you should contact a dentist from Skyway Dental Care in Burlington, ON. Delaying treatment or repairs for a cavity can cause it to worsen, and you could lose a tooth. However, if you visit a dentist right away, he or she can treat your teeth and cover the cavities with dental fillings.
When a tooth needs a filling, that means decay has eaten through the enamel and created a hole in the tooth. If a dentist doesn’t treat and get rid of the decay, it will keep eating away at the enamel, causing further damage and allowing the decay to spread throughout the mouth.
The main cause of dental decay is plaque that remains on teeth. Plaque is a combination of saliva, bacteria, acids, and food debris. Plaque is in a liquid form that covers the teeth every day, which is why brushing your teeth properly is crucial.
If plaque hardens on the teeth, it turns into tartar, which a toothbrush cannot brush away. Our dentists at Skyway Dental Care in Burlington, ON help their patients get rid of plaque and tartar with routine teeth cleanings.
After treating the decay to stop it from spreading, one of our dentists will then select materials for dental fillings for cavities that are present. Filling materials include:
Silver amalgam consists of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. The elemental mercury is safe to use in teeth, but people who worry about using it can choose from the other materials. Resin composites contain either glass or plastic and are popular because they are tooth-colored, so they are easy to hide.
Most fillings can last from seven up to 20 years. Since they experience a lot of wear and tear, one of our dentists at Skyway Dental Care in Burlington, ON can replace dental fillings when they show signs of needing replacement.
During routine check-ups, our dentists will check on your fillings to make sure they can still protect your teeth from further erosion and decay. If they can’t, then they replace them to keep your teeth healthy.