Cavities form from a buildup of plaque and tartar growing on your tooth. This can be prevented with a consistent oral hygiene routine but can still form. At Riverside Dental Group in California, we offer composite fillings to repair a cavity. These offer a variety of benefits compared to traditional fillings.
What Is A Composite Filling?
Even though a cavity is a common dental-related problem, it is still cause for concern and should be addressed as early as possible. Traditional fillings are made of a metal material which is not always safe for all patients. Our offices use composite fillings instead. This composite material is made of acrylic and powdered glass, which blends in with the natural color of your tooth.
If your dentist detects any caries during an examination, they will recommend that you get the cavity filled. Before this restoration, the area will be numbed so that you can feel more comfortable. Then, the dentist will remove the decayed parts of the tooth. Removing the decayed parts of the tooth allows for the damage to stop spreading. After this, the composite material fills the new space.
What Happens If You Ignore A Cavity
Getting a cavity filled helps restore the tooth and protects it from further damage. One major reason we urge our patients to see the dentist twice a year is because it is important to detect decay as soon as possible. At a biannual checkup, your provider will be able to see signs such as a change in the texture of your tooth, white spots, and X-Rays that can show the imaging in more detail.
Ignoring decay can lead to many different issues. The decay can spread to different areas and continue further down into the layers of your teeth. If it can reach the pulp, you may need a root canal to repair the tooth. In very serious cases, you may have to get an extraction. A disregarded cavity can cause sensitivity when eating and you may even develop pain in your mouth. Cavities can also cause bad breath because of the buildup of bacteria. We want our patients to have confidence in their smiles, so we encourage our patients to visit the dentist regularly, especially if you begin to develop signs of a cavity.
Book Your Next Visit Today!
To schedule an appointment, you can call your nearest Riverside Dental Office at the following locations.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA, at (951) 695-2290.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA, at (951) 689-5031.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA, at 951-369-1001
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA, at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA, at (951) 273-9580