When Decay Causes Cavities

Tooth decay destroyed. Cute cartoon teeth characters vector. Dental care background. Healthy and unhealthy tooth.It is no surprise that one of the biggest threats to your oral health involve decay. Indeed, harmful oral bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments that are difficult to clean, making the gums and back molars an ideal home to grow and cause destruction. Attending your routine examination and cleaning twice a year is an excellent way to stay on top of your smile’s health, but what happens once a cavity forms? In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist will explain how decay can result in the development of cavities as well as describe how we can help.

Preventing Infection

You often hear your dentist reminding you to brush your teeth and floss regularly to avoid getting cavities. They also stress the importance of attending a routine checkup at least once every six months, but is this step really that necessary? Actually, it is! During you checkup, your dentist not only provides a thorough examination of your teeth and surrounding structures, but provides a dental cleaning as well that helps remove deposits of plaque and tartar which are caused by harmful bacteria. If left untreated, these threats can not only result in tooth sensitivity and increased chance of infection or breakdown, but can also house these harmful bacteria as well and lead to bad breath. By attending a dental visit at least twice a year, your dentist can accurately and appropriately monitor the state of your smile and identify minor concerns before they turn into major ones, such as extensive decay.

Reinforcing Healthy Structures

When your dentist identifies a cavity, he or she will likely suggest the restorative process of having the hole filled with a composite dental resin. Our team will first carefully remove the decaying portions of a tooth so as to properly clean away the harmful bacteria that is causing it. We will then fill the open cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin so as to reinforce the toot hand prevent further decay or infection from occurring. Finally, we will shape the material to fill all gaps or crevices and prevent bacteria from reentering, then we will harden the resin. 

A Natural-Looking Solution

Probably one of the biggest benefits of restorative dentistry is the ability to closely mimic the natural appearance of your teeth. We understand that some individuals fret over going to the dentist because they fear drastic alteration to their smiles or bulky, noticeable equipment. Fortunately, our tooth-colored fillings will be shade-matched to your natural oral structure, providing a near seamless appearance overall. For more information on how we do this, contact our team today.

Schedule Your Appointment

To learn more about your restorative dental options or to schedule your visit with our office, contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117 today.