Cavities are tooth decay that chews a hole in your tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss consistently, a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, can form on your teeth. These bacteria make acid that eats at your teeth from the sugars you eat.
You can help to prevent tooth decay by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day, cleaning between your teeth with floss or a water flosser, eating nutritional and balanced meals, and avoiding refined sugars. However, sometimes even the best prevention in the world won’t keep back every single cavity.
If you do end up developing a cavity, our dentist, Dr. Vahid Bashi, can repair it using a dental filling. Based on the cavity’s location and severity, he might recommend using different types of fillings, though the most commonly used is definitely composite resin fillings.
Fillings can’t fix all tooth decay, however. If the decay has damaged a large portion of your tooth, or you have tooth fracture, it might be best to repair the tooth with a dental crown instead. If they cavity has damaged the nerves, you may need root canal therapy to restore the tooth.
To learn more about your dental repair options, call Best Care Dental in Colorado Springs, Colorado, today!