Most people are already familiar with dental fillings. You have probably either had one yourself, or else you certainly know someone who has. A filling is a great option when decay is not wide spread and is not threatening the structure of the tooth. Dr. Elloway takes great pride in providing fillings that are durable and that feel just like your natural tooth.
Sometimes people think they will know that they have a cavity because their tooth starts hurting. This isn’t necessarily true. Cavities usually start hurting when they get close to the root of the tooth, so it is always better to catch the cavity before it starts hurting.
The best way to ensure that you are catching decay early is to get regular dental x-rays and exams from your dentist.
Here at Timothy Elloway DDS, Inc, you will always get a thorough exam from Dr. Elloway, and we also make sure to take your x-rays routinely so that we can help you keep your teeth as healthy as they can be.
Cavities are caused when the enamel on your tooth starts to decay. Some of the things that can cause tooth decay are bacteria, acidic foods and beverages and grinding your teeth.
Your dentist can help you put together a plan to stop decay as much as possible, but once decay has happened, there isn’t anything that can be done at this point to replace the enamel that has already been damaged. Getting the decay repaired with a filling or a crown is your best option. After that, you can work with your dentist on things you can do to strengthen the enamel and stop decay from happening as easily in the future.
While we all hope to avoid getting cavities, it is a common occurrence that needs to be dealt with to avoid pain and further issues down the road. Proper oral hygiene can help avoid cavities, but underlying conditions can drastically alter the likelihood and propensity to get them. Regardless of how they occur, it is important to get them treated in a timely manner. Give our office a call today if you need a regular cleaning and x-ray and we will let you know if you have any decay in your mouth that needs to be addressed.