It happens. You probably don’t like seeing it, but it’s there. You can feel it, too.
You have a cavity, something that more than 90 percent of people will have in their lifetimes.
The only questions are:
- When will you do something about it?
- Where will you go to get treated?
We recommend that you make an appointment as soon as you are able to get a tooth filling to repair the effects of tooth decay. We also recommend that you visit our office in Renton, WA. At Cedar Dental Group, you can receive a filling that does more than fills your cavity. You can get a filling that looks like a natural part of your smile.
What a Filing Can Do
Dental fillings are hardly new. We know they have been around for centuries.
For much of that time, metal fillings were the standard treatment. These kinds of fillings were typically made of gold or amalgam (which is a blend of metals such as mercury, silver, tin, or copper).
Metal fillings are durable and they are effective at doing two important things. First, they restore the basic shape of a tooth, so you can bite and chew effectively again. Second, they provide a protective barrier against harmful bacteria. This makes you less likely to develop additional decay in that same part of your tooth.
At the same time, metal fillings can be as noticeable as cavities themselves. This means that as important as fillings are for restoring the function of your teeth, they can affect how you feel about your smile.
Fortunately, you have another option. You can get tooth-colored composite fillings at our office. Using a special resin, we can fill your cavity. When it is complete, you have the benefits of metal fillings with the advantages of cosmetic materials.
Don’t Risk Your Smile
We agree that preventing problems is the best approach to oral and overall health. We also agree that treating problems early is better than letting them get worse.
This is clearly the case with tooth decay.
A good oral care routine can greatly reduce your risk of cavities. Brushing and flossing daily remove harmful bacteria, plaque, and food particles. To complement your daily routine, you can benefit from professional cleanings and exams. During those appointments, our team can remove plaque and tartar buildup or identify cavities in the early stages.
If you ignore a cavity or are unaware that one is forming, that cavity will get bigger. When that cavity is too large, you may need a dental crown rather than a filling. It’s also possible for decay to reach into the center of a tooth, causing an infection. In that case, a root canal is the best way to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth in question. To go a step further, severe decay could make a tooth unsavable. That could require us to remove and replace the tooth to restore your healthy smile.
While can do these restorative procedures, we know the simplest solution is the best one. For your sake, we would rather fill your tooth today than do something more complex in the future.