Cavities are commonly associated with children. However, they are actually one of the most common dental issues faced by individuals of all ages. A vast majority of adults have developed at least one cavity in their adult teeth during the course of their lives. Treating cavities is essential for preventing serious issues, including infections and the need for an extraction. State Street Dental can treat cavities with composite fillings.
What Causes a Cavity to Develop?Throughout the course of the day, plaque and bacteria build up on the surfaces of your teeth. While normal, these substances can be harmful. This is why brushing and flossing are so important. Both plaque and bacteria produce acids that, when left on the surfaces of your teeth for too long, can begin to eat away at the protective enamel layer. This is called acid erosion, and it leads to the formation of weak spots on the surfaces of your teeth. Over time, the acids cause small pits, or cavities, to form.
What are Composite Fillings?When cavities develop, treatment is needed right away. Without it, they continue to grow larger and deeper, compromising the structural integrity and health of the affected teeth. Fillings are a common treatment for cavities. They help to stop cavities from worsening and restore the health of your mouth.
Composite fillings are a type of filling that use composite resin to treat cavities. Composite resin made up of a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, composite fillings do not contain any metals or any mercury. These fillings are also tooth colored. They are perfect for treating cavities in teeth near the front of your mouth, providing a restoration to the quality of your smile in addition to improving your oral health.
Getting Your Composite FillingThe process for placing a composite filling requires a single appointment. It is a simple procedure, and can typically be completed in about 30 minutes. We begin by cleaning the affected tooth and drilling away decay. Next, an acid etch is applied to the cavity, which works to create a rough texture. This texture helps to enhance the bond between the composite resin and your tooth. The acid etch is washed off and your tooth is dried. We then place the composite resin into the cavity and use a special light to cure it. Once cured, the material is polished smooth, and your tooth is provided with immediate protection.
The Benefits of Composite FillingsComposite fillings provide several significant benefits. These benefits include:
Composite fillings provide an effective and aesthetic solution to cavities, restoring your oral health and the appearance of your smile. If you suspect a cavity, call State Street Dental at (971) 332-3020 to schedule your appointment today.