Dr. Eibling can keep your smile attractive and healthy when cavities strike!
Cavities affect people of all ages. In a healthy mouth, the enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the tooth, protects the softer tissues inside. Acidic food and beverages can attack the enamel, forming a sticky layer loaded with bacteria, known as plaque. Plaque eats away at the enamel and decays the tooth, resulting in an opening called a cavity.
Old fillings can also lead to tooth decay because they can wear out, crack, loosen, and leave small openings in the teeth where bacteria can accumulate.
Symptoms of tooth decay
- Toothache: Continuous pain that keeps you awake or occasional sharp pain without an apparent cause. Note that tooth decay may not cause any pain.
- Tooth sensitivity: Pain or sensitivity with hot, cold or sweet foods and beverages
- Grey, brown or black spots on your teeth
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in your mouth
How We Treat Tooth Decay
There are various ways to treat cavities and tooth decay, depending on the cause and the extent of deterioration. Filling is one of the most common ways.
A filling repairs and restores the surface of your tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture, or wear. It helps strengthen your teeth. If tooth decay is not promptly repaired at its early stages, it can worsen, and additional or alternative dental treatments may be necessary.
In the past, metal was commonly used to fill cavities. Today, almost all cavities are filled with tooth-colored composite resin in a quick and painless process.
Composite resin is a combination of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles that can be tinted to match the color of your afflicted tooth. The adhesive can also be securely bonded to your tooth’s structure to create an effective seal against oral bacteria and reinfection. The resin provides such natural-looking results that it is also frequently applied in cosmetic tooth bonding.
How to avoid tooth decay
- Brush your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily to remove debris that can cause decay
- Maintain a regular schedule of cleanings and exams with Dr. Eibling
- Ask if fluoride treatments and dental sealants can be of benefit to you
- Cut down on sugary and acidic foods and beverages