When a cavity is discovered, it is important that a dental filling be placed right away to restore the tooth to optimal health. But have you ever wondered what would happen if a dental filling were neglected? To find out, read below as your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, discusses the important role dental fillings play in protecting teeth.
Bacteria cause cavities by attaching themselves to teeth in the form of plaque (a clear, sticky substance). Once adhered to teeth, these bacteria can consume lingering traces of sugar in the mouth, prompting them to give off an acid byproduct that can damage teeth. With the bacteria concentrated in a single location, the damage can compound, creating a cavity.
Thankfully, a dental filling can step in to repair this damage. The cavity is first cleaned of any bacteria to prevent any further decay. Then, the cavity is filled to repair the damaged area and strengthen the tooth.
The procedure for repairing a cavity is pretty straightforward. However, it is no less important for its simplicity. If a cavity is not filled, the bacteria responsible for it can burrow deeper inside the tooth. The deeper these bacteria burrow, the more damage is done to the structural integrity of the tooth, making cracking and breaking a very real danger. In addition, the bacteria can delve into the tooth’s pulp, creating a risk for infection. If the tooth’s pulp becomes infected, the entire tooth is in peril of dying, a situation that necessitates root canal treatment to preserve the tooth.
Would you like to learn more about dental fillings? Has your tooth suffered from tooth decay? If so, contact your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Miller, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling (505) 596-4479. Also, visit our website to view the smile gallery, print patient forms, and read reviews from our patients. We look forward to treating families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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