Cavities and Fillings
Cavities are areas of decay that form on the surface of teeth as a result of the action of bacteria and acids on the tooth enamel. These bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates present in food, producing acids that erode the enamel and create small holes or cavities in the teeth. If left untreated, cavities can progress deeper into the tooth, reaching the underlying layers of dentin and eventually the tooth pulp, leading to pain, infection, and other complications.
Causes of Cavities
Several factors contribute to the development of cavities, including:
● Poor oral hygiene habits, such as infrequent brushing and flossing

● Consumption of sugary or acidic foods and beverages

● Dry mouth, which reduces saliva production and its protective effects on the teeth

● Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

● Certain medications that decrease saliva flow or have a high sugar content

● Genetics and predisposition to dental caries
Untreated cavities can cause the following:
  • Tooth decay
  • Pain & sensitivity
  • Abscess formation
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth fractures
  • Difficulting chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth loss
  • Spread of infection
Types of Dental Fillings
There are several types of dental fillings available, including:
Amalgam fillings
Made from a combination of metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper
Composite fillings
Made from a tooth-colored resin material that blends seamlessly with the natural tooth
Ceramic fillings
Made from porcelain or ceramic materials, providing durability and aesthetics
Glass ionomer fillings
Made from a mixture of glass and acrylic, releasing fluoride to protect against further decay
Importance of Timely Treatment
Early detection and treatment of cavities are essential for preventing further damage to the tooth structure and avoiding complications. Regular dental check-ups allow dentists to identify cavities in their early stages when they can be treated with minimally invasive procedures such as dental fillings. Delaying treatment can result in the need for more extensive and costly dental interventions, such as root canal therapy or tooth extraction.
Choosing the most suitable type of filling depends on various factors, including the location and size of the cavity, aesthetic preferences, and budget considerations.
Cavities are a common dental problem that requires prompt treatment to prevent complications and preserve oral health. Dental fillings offer a reliable and effective solution for restoring teeth affected by cavities, enabling patients to maintain their smiles and enjoy optimal dental function.

How does a filling work?
Cavity fillings are dental restorative procedures designed to repair and seal the damage caused by tooth decay. The process typically involves the removal of the decayed portion of the tooth, leaving a clean and prepared cavity. The dentist then fills the void with a restorative material, most commonly dental amalgam or composite resin, chosen for its durability and compatibility with the natural tooth color. The filling material is shaped and hardened to restore the tooth's original form and function.

Why do you need to get a cavity filled?

By closing off spaces where bacteria could enter, the filling prevents further decay and strengthens the tooth. Cavity fillings play a crucial role in halting the progression of decay, alleviating pain, and preserving the overall health of the affected tooth.

Bacteria corrodes into the areas of the tooth exposed by the cavity. Without treatment the cavity will continue to worsen as the bacteria breaks down and weakens the tooth.
Wait, this is what I have to look forward to?
If you suspect you have a cavity or are due for a dental check-up, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our experienced team at Cedar Park Dental Wellness. We are committed to providing comprehensive dental care and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for life.