Statistically speaking, there is a very good chance that you will get at least one cavity in your lifetime. Though cavities must be corrected, fortunately, they are not necessarily something to worry about, as long as you see an experienced dentist in a timely fashion. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable New Jersey dental team to learn more about cavities and how we can help you if you have one.
What causes cavities?
Cavities are the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when foods stay on your teeth for a prolonged period of time, which will cling to your teeth and create tiny holes, which are cavities. Cavities can be painful, however, with swift and proper treatment, they can be easily remedied.
What is a filling?
There are many different fillings that are available, and they all correct cavities. Composite fillings are the most common for visible teeth, as they are affordable and match the color of the original tooth. However, gold, ceramic, glass ionomer fillings, and more are also available. If you have a cavity in the back of your mouth, you will most likely receive an amalgam filling. This is because though they do not match the color of the natural tooth, they are very durable, and can last for up to 10 years.
What happens when I get a filling?
First, your dentist numbs the tooth, provides a local anesthetic, and from there, he or she will swiftly remove all decay from the tooth with a drill or laser, and, finally, your dentist will fill the cavity. Simple. Generally speaking, having a cavity filled is virtually painless. If you have any additional questions about fillings, or you believe you have a cavity, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced dental team today. We are open and ready to help.
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Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!