When you have a problem, how often does “doing nothing” help? You know that until you take action, your condition won’t improve, but it’s all too easy to put things off for a later time. You can’t afford to take that approach with tooth decay. While you may not feel or notice the negative effects of this common condition on a daily basis, it will only get worse over time. Tooth decay is a continuous process. If you have a cavity, that cavity will only worsen until you take direct action to turn things around. A dental filling can start the healing process right away. Not only does a filling involve the removal of harmful bacteria, but it includes a fortifying step to ensure no further damage is done.
Before Receiving a Filling, Your Dentist Will Clean Out Your Cavity
Everyone refers to dark spots on teeth where bacteria have aggregated as “cavities.” In reality, the cavity is the thing that’s left behind. Those bacteria continuously produce acid that wears away at your tooth enamel. As the bacteria work their way deeper into your tooth, you’re left with a hole, a cavity. Before you can fill that cavity, you have to clean out the bacteria. Your dentist will thoroughly clean and sanitize your tooth to eliminate plaque. Without this step, your tooth decay problem will only get worse.
Dental Fillings Fortify Cavities and Start the Healing
Once your tooth has been cleaned, your dentist can administer a filling. Dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials. Modern dental fillings use a tooth-colored resin. This material sets quickly and blends in with the appearance of your tooth, so that there’s no evidence left of your cavity. After receiving your filling, the healing process can begin. The filling prevents bacteria from getting back into your cavity, and allows you to chew comfortably once again.
Start the Healing Process by Talking to Your Dentist Today
If you have a cavity, or if it has simply been a long time since your last appointment, talk to Dr. Amiri and the Melrose team. The healing process can’t begin until you get rid of harmful bacteria. Dr. Amiri can clean out your cavity and provide you with a modern dental filling that fortifies your tooth. To schedule an appointment, contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA at 760-724-9117.