If you still have natural teeth, you can get cavities if you don't care for them. However, when you get cavities, our dentists in Garrettsville, OH can treat them by placing fillings at Garrettsville Dental Group. They can also make suggestions on how to avoid tooth decay in the future.
Cavities result from eating too many simple carbohydrates and not brushing your teeth often or well enough to remove plaque. Simple carbs come from sugary, processed foods like cakes, cookies, or sugary drinks. If you indulge in these foods or drinks, you can avoid tooth decay by brushing your teeth well twice a day.
The reason dentists near you recommend brushing your teeth twice a day is to remove the plaque that settles on your teeth at night and to remove food particles and drink residue that sticks to your teeth during the day.
Plaque is a white or yellowish sticky, acidic film forms in your mouth and gets on and in between your teeth. It’s easily brushed away in the morning. When you don’t get rid of it, it hardens and forms tartar, which requires removal by dentists and their tools.
The acids that form in your mouth from foods and drinks can erode enamel and cause cavities. After cavities form, they need fillings in Garrettsville, OH to stop the spread of decay. Using a drill, our dentists will remove additional enamel to ensure it’s free of decay and choose a material to use to fill the hole in your tooth.
They can choose from:
The material they decide to use for fillings depends on where the tooth’s location and whether you want people to see the filling when you laugh or speak. Amalgam and gold are suitable for teeth at the back of the mouth, while the other materials can be white to blend in with your natural teeth.
If you feel the sting of discomfort that indicates cavities, you should book an appointment at Garrettsville Dental Group to have fillings near you added to your teeth to stop decay from spreading.