Your teeth endure a lot of wear and tear. Eating alone places your teeth under great stress: constant chewing, hot and cold food, and toxins created by bacteria interacting with food. To keep teeth healthy, you have to practice good oral hygiene. Unfortunately, teeth can still develop cavities even after constant brushing and flossing. Dental cavities are holes in teeth caused by bacterial infection. If untreated, dental cavities can lead to more serious dental problems, such as gum disease and tooth loss. Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron often recommend dental fillings to prevent further damages caused by tooth decay. They offer composite resin fillings, also known as white fillings, for a more effective and natural looking restoration.
How Do Cavities Form?
Cavities are caused by bacterial infection. There are three parts in a tooth’s structure: the enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the outer most layer that protects teeth. It is the hardest substance produced by the body; even harder than bones. Enamel is like a wall that keeps bacteria from invading the inner structures of your teeth: the dentin and the pulp. Similar to a wall, the enamel can be weakened. Bacteria produce acids that break down enamel. Once the enamel is weakened, bacteria can infiltrate the wall and infect the tooth structure behind it. The infection will erode the dentin and create holes, called dental cavities.
What to Do With Your Cavities
Dental cavities can worsen. Further erosion of your tooth will lead to bacterial infection of the pulp. A dental filling is a procedure that prevents further infection. The process starts by cleaning the cavity. Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will remove bacteria using a variety of dental instruments. Then, they will fill the cavity with composite resin. The filling achieves two goals: prevent further infection, and regain the tooth’s function. Teeth that suffer from tooth decay can’t rebuild the enamel or dentin that they have lost. The filling protects the exposed pulp from further bacterial infection. Also, dental fillings can restore oral functions lost during tooth decay. Cavities can make chewing difficult and painful. The filling restores the structure lost from tooth decay, concealing the nerves in the tooth’s pulp and making it easier to chew.
About Your Southlake Dentists:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.