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What to Expect When You Have a Cavity

Cavity fillings in Austell can save your tooth if performed before the cavity grows beyond repair

Dental Cavities, also called dental caries, are a breakdown of teeth due to tooth decay. Tooth decay is a highly common affliction, second only to the common cold. Tooth decay is more common in children than adults, but can strike anyone. It is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss. Many times there are no symptoms, but if there are symptoms they may include a mild toothache or visible pits or holes in the teeth. Sometimes the teeth experience sensitivity to hot and cold in food or drinks. The means of detection is routine dental checkups and digital x-rays, so it is important to see a dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations.
Dental Cavities, also called dental caries, are a breakdown of teeth due to tooth decay. Tooth decay is a highly common affliction, second only to the common cold. Tooth decay is more common in children than adults, but can strike anyone. It is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss. Many times there are no symptoms, but if there are symptoms they may include a mild toothache or visible pits or holes in the teeth. Sometimes the teeth experience sensitivity to hot and cold in food or drinks. The means of detection is routine dental checkups and digital x-rays, so it is important to see a dentist twice a year for cleanings and examinations.

What Are the Steps to Filling a Dental Cavity

Dental cavities are very common and can be filled quickly and painlessly at Dr. Terry Hopper Family Dentistry and Orthodontics

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Despite needing dental fillings, your smile can look the same thanks to Dr. Terry Hopper in Austell

First things first. Your mouth features bacteria within it. These bacteria convert foods into acids, in particular sugar and starch. Both bacteria and acid combine with food particles and your saliva to form a sticky substance that adheres to your teeth called plaque. Plaque is most common on the back molars, just above the gum line and at the edges of fillings. Plaque that is not removed from regular brushing and flossing combined with semi-annual cleanings and exams can lead to the development of tartar or calculus. Plaque and tartar both can irritate the gums, resulting in gingivitis. Plaque builds up on the teeth as quickly as 20 minutes after eating, if not removed by brushing or swishing mouthwash. Acids in plaque damage your tooth enamel and create holes in the teeth which are known as dental cavities. If left untreated, cavities can grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth to abscess. If the tooth decay destroys the inside of the tooth, the tooth may even have to be extracted. To treat a cavity, a dentist removes the decayed material with a drill and fills the tooth with a material such as silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or composite resin. Porcelain and composite resin more closely resemble the natural look of the teeth and are preferred, particularly for front teeth.
First things first. Your mouth features bacteria within it. These bacteria convert foods into acids, in particular sugar and starch. Both bacteria and acid combine with food particles and your saliva to form a sticky substance that adheres to your teeth called plaque. Plaque is most common on the back molars, just above the gum line and at the edges of fillings. Plaque that is not removed from regular brushing and flossing combined with semi-annual cleanings and exams can lead to the development of tartar or calculus. Plaque and tartar both can irritate the gums, resulting in gingivitis. Plaque builds up on the teeth as quickly as 20 minutes after eating, if not removed by brushing or swishing mouthwash. Acids in plaque damage your tooth enamel and create holes in the teeth which are known as dental cavities. If left untreated, cavities can grow very large and affect nerves or cause a tooth to abscess. If the tooth decay destroys the inside of the tooth, the tooth may even have to be extracted. To treat a cavity, a dentist removes the decayed material with a drill and fills the tooth with a material such as silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or composite resin. Porcelain and composite resin more closely resemble the natural look of the teeth and are preferred, particularly for front teeth.



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Taking care of a dental cavity is anxiety free at Dr. Terry Hopper Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Austell

Hearing the words “dental cavity” are never what you want to hear at the end of your check up, but it is one of the most common phrases you will encounter. If you are in need of a dental cavity filling, Dr. Terry Hopper and staff can come to your rescue. A dental filling is a simple one stop procedure that is peaceful and tranquil. You are in and out of our office in no time. Give us a call today for your exam.

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"Brushing and Flossing Can Keep Dental Cavities Away"

"Brushing and Flossing Can Keep Dental Cavities Away"

Simple cleanings can keep a dental cavity from needing to be filled at Dr. Terry Hopper Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Austell

"One of the most common problems we treat are dental cavities. Cavities are the result of tooth decay and can be prevented with good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing as well as semi-annual cleanings. Please remember to stay on schedule with your cleanings to help prevent a dental cavity from forming in your teeth and affecting your beautiful smile. Give us a call today to have us help you improve your dental health and check for cavities."

"One of the most common problems we treat are dental cavities. Cavities are the result of tooth decay and can be prevented with good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing as well as semi-annual cleanings. Please remember to stay on schedule with your cleanings to help prevent a dental cavity from forming in your teeth and affecting your beautiful smile. Give us a call today to have us help you improve your dental health and check for cavities."

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