By Conroe Family Dentistry
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Untreated tooth decay affects over a quarter of adults aged 20 to 64 according to statistics published by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In its earliest form, tooth decay is a dental cavity that can be treated by your Conroe, TX, cosmetic dentist with conservative measures. Know what happens when you are diagnosed with a cavity, how it can be repaired, and the types of fillings that will work best for your smile.

What Are Dental Fillings?
Your teeth, particularly the back molars, have fissures and pits that can be especially susceptible to tiny holes called cavities. Film filled with bad bacteria, sugar, and other eroding substance cause cavities to develop after a while, if the teeth aren’t properly brushed. Dental fillings are used to close up those holes to prevent further decay.

How Cosmetic Fillings Save Your Smile
Dental filling material is applied in layers over the surface of the tooth after a cavity is cleaned. The material fills in the hole and hardens, giving you long-lasting protection. Bad bacteria no longer has an entry point into the tooth, allowing it time to heal. A cosmetic or white filling is particularly useful as it matches the color your tooth so that it’s undetectable to others. Your Conroe, TX, cosmetic dentist is the only person who can determine if you’ve had a filling placed.

Maintaining Your Fillings and Good Dental Health
Once you’ve had a cavity filled with a cosmetic filling, more regular brushing and less consumption of sugary foods is required if you want the filling to last. Every time you brush, whether in the morning or after meals, you remove potentially damaging film from your tooth surfaces. Rinsing with a dentist-recommended mouthwash will also help keep reduce the chance of tooth decay. Eating more calcium-rich foods will strengthen your teeth as well.

Schedule a Tooth Examination
Your cosmetic dentist will let you know if you need a cavity filled when you come in for your next checkup, so make it soon. Call (936) 539-2211 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Logan Wood or Dr. Radley Robins at their office in Conroe, TX.