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No one enjoys learning that they have a cavity inside one of their teeth. After all, the reason we brush and floss each day is to protect our smiles against the threat of decay. But even the most ardent oral hygiene enthusiasts can receive a cavity from time to time! By visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and exams, we can help detect decay early and provide a treatment to restore the protective seal of your tooth. Because any event that breaks your tooth’s enamel puts you at risk for future decay or infection, we must fill the area left behind after removing decaying material from your smile. For this reason, we ask that you schedule an appointment for any injury that cracks or chips your tooth as well.

At your Riverside, CA, dental practice, we encourage you to attend a checkup at least twice per year. These meetings provide an opportunity to inspect the results of your daily hygiene and catch cavities before they can get out of hand. Remember that early detection can lead to more conservative treatments, so don’t wait until you have a painful ache to schedule a visit!

Why We Fight Tooth Decay

When your teeth are healthy, their outer layer withstands the force of your bite and protects their sensitive inner layers against the threat of oral bacteria. By regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, you remove plaque that gathers on their surface. When left to gather, plaque creates an acidic byproduct as it grows that threatens the integrity of your tooth. Eventually, it wears down your enamel to the point that tiny holes or cavities form in the tooth’s surface. Without proper removal, this process continues to wear away and destroy healthy material. Bacteria can even eventually progress from cavities to infecting your gums or the inner chamber of your tooth.

Restoring Your Smile

We will suggest removing your cavity right away when we discover one at your dental checkup. Depending on its size and location, we could place a dental filling to restore the open area left after removing the decaying material from your tooth. Modern composite resins allow us to shade your filling to match the rest of your smile, avoiding the shiny metallic look of dental amalgam.

Talk With Your Riverside, CA, Dentist About Restoring Your Smile

To schedule a visit and learn more about these or any other of our services, call any of our dental offices near you:

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA, at (951) 369-1001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA, at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA, at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA, at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA, at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA, at (951) 273-9580.