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Cavities and Fillings

It is no fun to go to the dentist and find out that you have a cavity. That is why it is important you brush regularly and do regular check ups; remember cavities are not just for kids!

A cavity is simply the decay of areas on a tooth.

The Cause and Effects

A healthy mouth will have “good bacteria” that reduces bad acids and helps clean up leftover food particles. Combined with your saliva, the good bacteria helps strengthen your teeth by producing protective minerals that help prevent tooth decay.

Plaque, which is made from mucus mixed with decaying food and harmful bacteria, can reduce the effectiveness of the good bacteria. Plaque builds up on the tooth and the bad bacterium creates acid that eats away at the tooth’s protective enamel. Once through the tooth and enamel, it finds its way to the dentin where nerves and blood vessels are exposed, which leads to pain in the tooth and even worse, it could kill the tooth and lead to a root canal.

The Cure

Food and drinks that are high in sugar and starches are the leading contributors to cavities. Brushing and flossing regularly after meals can help prevent tooth decay. Mouthwashes with fluoride can help reduce harmful bacteria and replenish the minerals your teeth need.

The most important part of the cure is to see your dentist at least twice a year for a full cleaning and oral exam. By visiting our office, we can see if problems might be occurring that could lead to a cavity. Done professionally, Dr. Layton can provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants that can help prevent tooth decay. It’s better to catch cavities early to prevent expensive damages and unwanted pain.

Fillings

Tooth decay is not something to be taken lightly and should addressed immediately. Dr. Layton can suggest the best course of action to help stop the spread of tooth decay. The Wand is a syringeless and painless anesthesia delivery via computer prior to the procedures that will be performed. This important process takes out the human error element and allows Dr. Layton to gently remove the decay with the help of the air abrasion technique. Air abrasion is faster and more efficient than traditional drilling. After the removal of the cavity or decayed area, Dr. Layton will use a composite resin that matches the natural color of your teeth to fill the cavity. The filling will then be petrified with a soft curing light. Once done with the shaping and polishing of the filling, you are free to go.

Keeping your teeth in great shape requires proper cleanings and regular checkups with Dr. Layton. You owe it to yourself to keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime.

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