Your teeth may be extremely dense and hard, but that does not mean that they are already impenetrable to cavities. Cavities can lead to tooth decay and even the entire destruction of your tooth. However, you do not have to worry about chronic pain and even pus formation troubling you just yet. For as long as the cavity is still in its infantile stages, then Dr. Martin can still seal up the cavity with the help of the routine dental filling procedure.
How are cavities formed?
Cavities are formed in a number of ways including biting your nails and other hard substances such as ice or even teeth grinding. The friction can lead to the creation of microscopic holes on the surfaces of the tooth. However, the most common reason for why cavities develop is because of the action of the acid metabolites found in plaque with the dental enamel of teeth. The acid dissolves the enamel and cause holes to develop on the tooth.
How can your dentist detect dental cavities?
Cavities can be detected with the help of dental x-rays, dyes and through the gross examination of the dentist. Dental x-rays are capable of showing cavities which have formed on the protective enamel region of the tooth as well as the dentin layer which sits underneath the dental enamel. However, dental x-rays are not that accurate when it comes to showing small cavities. For this reason, your dentist may ask you to make use of cavity-detecting dyes. This special kind of dye would then adhere to decayed dental material and point out to your dentist which part of the tooth may have the cavity. Finally, teeth which have dark stains signify decayed dental material.
How is the dental filling procedure done?
The dental filling procedure will start with the tooth getting anesthetized and then a hole drilled into the cavity in order to make the hole larger as well as get rid of decayed material which often outline the dental cavity. Once this is done, composite resin material as well as the other dental filling material is then used to seal the cavity. The dental filling material is hardened with the help of a special light which will help to cure the filling material and make it harder and less likely to fall off. Your dentist will choose a filling material which is appropriate to the kind and location of cavity which you have.
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