Why Does My Tooth Need a Filling?

December 19, 2017

Cavities can still happen even when we put in our best efforts to keep our teeth healthy. There are several things that can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Unexpected causes like teeth grinding and the misalignment of teeth can increase the risk of developing cavities. Genetics can cause one person to be more susceptible to tooth decay than another. No matter the cause of the cavity, it is very important for a tooth with a cavity to be treated. A filling can restore the tooth and prevent the decay from worsening. If a cavity is not treated, the tooth decay can spread deep within your tooth to cause serious problems. 

What to Expect

First, your dentist will provide local anesthesia to the area of and surrounding the problematic tooth. Once the area is completely numb, your dentist will disinfect the tooth to remove all bacteria. Any damaged parts of the tooth will also be removed. A composite bonding material will be applied to the tooth, before being shaped, hardened, and polished. The bonding material will help restore the tooth’s function and appearance, as well as protecting it from further decay.

To Prevent Further Decay

In the earliest stage, tooth decay forms white spots on the enamel of the teeth that you may not even notice. If your dentist notices them during a cleaning or checkup, there may be time to reverse it. A cavity is a hole in the enamel formed from acid attacking it. Without a filling, the cavity will move past the enamel, the dentin, and into the inner pulp of the tooth. The inner pulp contains the roots and the nerves of a tooth, so this stage can become quite painful. A root canal treatment may be needed at this point to restore your tooth back to health. If the tooth continues to be left untreated, it can become infected, and may need to be extracted to protect your health.

A Filling Can Protect Your Tooth

Treating a cavity with a filling can save your tooth. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.