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Cavities & Dental Fillings: What You Need To Know [BLOG]

Posted on March 26th, 2018

Even though cavities are a common dental problem with an easy restorative solution, there are still many things patients don’t know about them.

But that stops today!

Our team at Atlanta West Dentistry is ‘filling’ you in on what you need to know about cavities and dental fillings!

No Surprises Here: Tooth Decay Begins With Bacteria!

Bacteria strikes again!

You have good and bad bacteria in your mouth at all times, and no surprises here, it’s the bad bacteria you should worry about.

That’s because it’s always lurking, waiting to eat the sugary food particles left behind from what you eat and drink. The feeding frenzy creates harmful acids that attack your tooth enamel, thus opening the door for tooth decay.

*You Can Prevent Cavities*

There are steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and cavities:

*Stay away from highly-processed, sugary foods and drinks.

*Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily.

*Schedule dental check-ups at least twice each year.

What You Need To Know About Cavities & Dental Fillings

As common as cavities are, there are still some little known facts about them and how cavities can be treated in modern dentistry.

Here are a few things you should know!

*Cavities Grow*

You don’t get any sort of notification that a cavity is forming in your mouth. Many people make this mistake, thinking that if nothing hurts, there isn’t a problem.

Cavities can grow quietly, which is why it’s important to get regular cleanings and exams in our Marietta, GA dental office.

You don’t want something as simple as a cavity to turn into a huge problem for your mouth.

*Cavities Can Lead To Root Canals*

The nerves of a tooth live deep below your surface enamel. Thank goodness for that!

But when a cavity is able to grow, it can get so deep that your tooth root becomes infected.

When that happens, a root canal is needed, followed by a natural-looking dental crown to keep decay from ravaging that tooth again.

*Cavities Can Outgrow Standard Fillings*

Probably the most common restorative treatment in the world of dentistry is the tried and true dental filling.

It’s fast. It’s easy. Problem solved.

Yet, cavities can actually get too big for standar fillings because decay can take too much healthy enamel for that filling to stick.

Dental crowns can be used to cover large cavities so tooth decay doesn’t do more harm to your smile.

*Dental Fillings Can Match Your Teeth*

Back in the day, your only option for filling a cavity was dark, metal fillings.

But as technology has advanced, dentist can now use composite fillings that match the natural color of your teeth so you don’t solve one dental problem simply to create a cosmetic problem.

Schedule A Dental Check-Up!

Despite what you might think, you won’t always know if you have a cavity.

They are tough to spot just by looking in the mirror. And they don’t always bring pain and discomfort with them.

The only way to make sure your teeth are safe from decay is to visit Atlanta West Dentistry at least twice a year.

Our skilled dentists and hygienists have the right tools and the knowledge to catch cavities early and treat them before they cause real damage to your smile!

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Atlanta West Dentistry at (770) 941-6979. You can also contact us online to request an appointment.