Cavities form when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that cause tooth decay. Cavities can develop in any tooth but are most common in the front teeth (posterior teeth are less likely to decay). The bacteria that cause cavities thrive in moist environments, so tooth decay is most common in areas of the mouth where it is difficult to clean, such as the deep grooves of the back teeth and between the teeth.
To treat a cavity, we will fill the hole in your tooth with either an amalgam or composite filling. This seals off the decayed area and restores the strength and stability of your natural tooth structure. If the cavity is small, we may choose to just fill the hole with a dental sealant. If the cavity is large or if it has been challenging to fill with a dental sealant, your dentist may choose a larger filling material to repair the damage and seal out any remaining bacteria.
- Avoid developing cavities by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist twice a year for dental check-ups and professional cleanings.
- If you do develop a cavity, seek professional help right away. A large cavity can require multiple dental fillings and may even require a root canal.
- Always talk with us before undergoing any dental treatments. We will be able to recommend the best option for you and explain all of the risks and benefits involved.
For more information on dental fillings and cavity treatment in Tulsa, OK, please visit contact us today by phone or email. We would be happy to discuss your individual needs and recommend the best possible option for you.