Bacteria live in our mouths. It's natural. After we eat, some food remains stuck to our teeth. The bacteria in our mouths digest the food on our teeth, producing acid that can damage teeth and toxins that can affect gums. If this sticky layer of biofilm, known as plaque, is not removed by flossing and brushing after you eat, the plaque will eventually cause a hole in your tooth called tooth decay or a cavity. The dentist at Seine River Dental Centre will then need to numb your tooth, clean out the cavity, and put in a filling to repair the surface.
If left untreated, cavities continue to grow larger and deeper. When they approach the nerve inside a tooth, the tooth can become sensitive or begin to hurt. It is important to visit the dentist regularly so that your teeth can be checked for signs of cavities. If cavities are detected, they need to be fixed before they become large and painful. Early treatment of tooth decay can save you time, discomfort and money.
Types of fillings
Fillings can be white (resin or porcelain/ceramic), silver (amalgam), or gold. All of these filling materials are both strong and safe. There are different types of fillings because no one type of filling can fix every cavity. The dentist will discuss the types of fillings and recommend the appropriate filling for your tooth.
Today, the most common type of filling is a white resin material that looks very natural when bonded to your tooth. Once your cavity has been repaired with a filling, it will serve you well for many years.