Cavities are one the most common dental maladies in the United States. In fact, about 80% of American adults will develop at least one cavity by the time they are in their mid-30s. Although cavities can seem inconsequential at first, they can deepen and make way for bacterial infections without treatment. At Central Family Dentistry, we can protect your teeth from cavities with dental fillings.
A cavity is a small hole that develops on your tooth over time. The surface layer of a tooth is made of enamel, the hardest substance produced by the human body. Despite the sturdiness of enamel, exposure to the acids and sugars of the food we consume wear away at the enamel, creating these tiny holes through which bacteria may enter.
When cavities are not treated, bacteria may reach the tooth's center, causing severe infection and pain. These cases often call for a root canal or worse – a tooth extraction.
A dental filling is a restoration used to treat cavities in a tooth. Fillings can be made from a wide range of substances, from gold to composite materials that mimic the appearance and color of your natural teeth. Fillings are a necessary treatment to prevent cavities from leading to painful tooth infections.
You've come to the right place! At Central Family Dentistry, we look forward to protecting your dental health. Get in touch with our office today and schedule your first check-up!