What are cavities?
Nobody likes cavities. But unfortunately, almost everyone will have to deal with one at some point in their life — no matter how well you brush and floss. Your genetics, the foods you eat, and even the natural bacteria in your mouth all contribute to your risk of tooth decay. Cavities, or tooth decay, is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens, and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The plaque’s stickiness keeps these acids in contact with your teeth, and over time the enamel can break down. Essentially, a cavity is a little hole in your tooth.
Cavities can form as early as your first tooth and as
late as your last tooth.
late as your last tooth.
Why should I get a white
If you do get a cavity, there’s good news. At Rogers Center for Dentistry, we offer natural white fillings. Made from a durable composite material, they’re a great alternative to old-fashioned silver-mercury amalgam fillings. Not only are they durable, but they look great, too! You’ll be able to smile with confidence.
What is the Process?
The process for placing a dental filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Dr. Rogers will remove the decayed and damaged portion of the tooth and clean it to remove all traces of decay. The area is then filled with dental material and shaped to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened by our dentists for a lasting restoration.
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak, or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
If your silver filling is breaking down, we will need to replace it to save your healthy tooth. You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
Regular checkups and daily brushing and flossing can go a long way to preventing cavities. At your regular checkup, our cleanings remove plaque and bacteria that can’t be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Plus, your hygienist and Dr. Rogers can give tips on how to take care of your teeth and reduce your risk of cavities.