When it comes to dental problems in the US, the most common is probably tooth decay. Also known as cavities, these are holes burned into your enamel. If you have a filling in a tooth, then you had a cavity.
Because they’re so common, you need to call our Racine, WI dental office today at 262-417-7326 to schedule a dental exam. You need to work with a highly skilled dentist like Dr. Reesman or Dr. Kemper to find and treat cavities before they get out of hand.
Where Cavities Come From
But for how common they are, many people don’t know much about cavities or where they come from. You probably know it has something to do with sugar, but that’s only half the story.
Harmful bacteria love in your mouth. They feed on tiny particles of food and drink left behind in your mouth. While they can eat anything you eat, sugar is packed with energy (in other words, calories). That stuff really helps bacteria multiply. They also produce an acid that burns away your enamel.
That’s why you get cavities — harmful bacteria create holes in your enamel with that acid.
Do You Know These Cavity & Filling Facts?
Here are some facts about cavities, and how to repair them, that you should know.
– Cavities can grow in your enamel without you knowing it.
Your tooth has nerves so it can feel, but those are safely hidden within your dental pulp. In fact, your enamel has absolutely no nerve endings. You’d feel it if something hit your tooth hard, but getting a cavity is a slow process. That’s why you can have many cavities and never know it.
That’s also why you need to call us today at 262-417-7326 and schedule your next dental exam. Digital X-rays and our dentists’ expertise can spot cavities early enough to do something about them.
– A cavity can get so big that a filling won’t stay in.
Traditionally, a cavity can be repaired by using a dental filling. But in order to do that, you need to have enough healthy enamel for the filling to bond with. If a cavity has taken away too much enamel, a filling might not be able to stay put in there.
In these cases, you can get a dental crown from Dr. Reesman or Dr. Kemper. A dental crown will seal up the entire visible part of a tooth. This makes sure your damaged tooth is repaired, but it also makes the tooth look so much better.
– If a cavity grows too deep, you might need a root canal or a tooth removal.
Cavities don’t just grow on the surface of a tooth. They grow downwards as well. Eventually, it can break through the enamel. When that happens, the harmful bacteria creating the cavity can infect the dental pulp.
At that point, you will either need a root canal to remove the infection or, if you wait too long, a tooth removal. Leaving an infected tooth alone will be very painful and will let the infection spread. That’s why it’s so important to call North Bay Dental for regular dental exams.
– Until a dentist can treat a cavity, it will keep getting worse.
Tooth decay is caused by harmful bacteria. Since they survive on tiny particles of food and drink that get caught in your mouth, they can keep on growing and multiplying. That means your cavity won’t get any better until you get it treated.
– You can get tooth-colored fillings at our Racine, WI dental office.
If you had a filling placed many years ago, chances are you got a metal amalgam filling. Those are still around because they work. But the certainly do not look good in your smile. That flash of silver whenever you open your mouth is not needed.
That’s because you can get tooth-colored fillings at North Bay Dental. These repair tooth decay just like metal fillings, but they are colored to match the tooth they repair. This way, people will have a very hard time knowing you had a cavity at all.
Call us today at 262-417-7326 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next dental exam. Remember, you could have cavities growing bigger and bigger without ever realizing it. You need to work with our Racine dentists to make sure your teeth are strong and healthy.