Fillings are a staple of restorative dentistry. Most people will have developed at least one, usually more, cavities by the time they reach adulthood. Dental fillings are designed to seal a tooth after treatment for tooth decay, and to strengthen it to prevent more extensive damage in the future. Charlotte, NC, based family dentists, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, strongly recommend establishing good daily oral hygiene routines at home and scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings as early as possible in order to develop lifelong dental health habits. But when cavities happen, dental fillings are the most effective and lasting option to repair a decayed tooth.
Tooth Decay Prevention and Treatment in Charlotte, NC
Just like the portion of a natural tooth that they replace, dental restorations are susceptible to the same type of damage - wear and tear from chewing and teeth grinding, trauma and bacteria buildup from food and poor oral hygiene. Although fillings are very durable and can last for a decade or longer with proper care, the time frame is different for everyone and they will most likely have to be upgraded and replaced at some point. Over time, fillings can start to chip and crack, making it possible for decay-causing bacteria to get into the tooth.
If left untreated, bacteria can make its way into the pulp tissue deep inside the tooth, leading to infection, inflammation and even tooth loss. Once bacteria gets into the nerve tissue in the tooth, a root canal treatment is necessary to remove damaged tissue. Even with a good daily oral hygiene routine at home, regular dentist visits for an oral exam and professional cleaning are vital in order to prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease or to catch it early enough to prevent further damage.
Find a Dentist in Charlotte, NC
For more information on tooth decay and gum disease prevention and treatment, contact the office of Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom by calling (704) 553-2348 to schedule an appointment today.