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Filling That Cavity

May 25th, 2012

          With the prevalence today of good diets, proper oral hygiene at home, fluoride supplements, and prevention based dental care, the incidence of dental decay has decreased.  However, there are still patients who get cavities, and these cavities need to be treated in a timely manner to prevent further problems.  Unlike many conditions in our body, cavities don’t “get better by themselves.”  Neglecting a cavity can lead to the decay spreading deeper into the tooth and possibly causing the nerve to abscess, with resulting acute pain and chronic infection.  Early detection and treatment is optimal, because small cavities can be successfully repaired with conservative restorations.

          Cavities usually do not cause any toothaches until the decay has gotten close to the nerve, or until it has reached the sensitive root surface.  It is far easier to treat a cavity in its early stages, before symptoms actually develop.  Regularly scheduled examinations will enable your dentist to find the early cavities and treat them effectively.  With today’s anesthetic techniques and modern equipment, “filling that cavity” is easy and painless.  Modern restorative materials include improved silver amalgam and reinforced plastic composites.  Chemical bonding techniques help to create stronger restorations with excellent esthetics.  Early conservative treatment has been shown to be quite successful in returning a decayed tooth to proper form and function, and maintenance of good home care and dietary habits help to prevent recurrent decay.  Please speak to your dentist with any questions and concerns.

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