What’s the Deal with Dental Fillings?

happy proud smileIf you or someone you know has ever been affected by tooth decay, then you may be familiar with the concept of a dental filling. Considering the fact that tooth decay affects the permanent teeth of about 90% of America’s adult population, there is a good chance that you are. However, not everyone that is familiar with a dental filling understands the mechanics behind the procedure. To help strengthen your concepts of good dental health, your Sheridan dentist, Dr. Donald Coon, explains what a dental filling procedure entails and how it can help save your tooth.

With Tooth Decay, it’s All About Timing

Tooth decay is a progressive disease; treating it depends on the stage at which you detect it. The earliest stage, known as enamel erosion, involves acid produced by oral bacteria after consuming sugar and carbs. This acid erodes your tooth enamel (the protective layer around your teeth) in preparation for the onset of tooth decay. When caught at this stage, enamel erosion can typically be reversed with fluoride treatments and other enamel-enhancing techniques, along with an improved dental hygiene routine and diligent control over your eating habits. When enamel erodes and decay infects your tooth’s main structure, the infected material must be removed. A dental filling is used to replace the removed infection and refortify your tooth against damage and further decay. If left unattended for long enough, however, decay can progress into your tooth’s inner chamber, called the pulp, where the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels rest. If you wait for tooth decay to progress this far, you may require a root canal procedure or tooth extraction to prevent infection from spreading.

Dental Fillings and More with Your Sheridan Dentist

If tooth decay affects your teeth, treating it is you only option. As a progressive disease, tooth decay will not resolve itself, and time will only exacerbate your condition. To learn more about treating dental fillings and other measures for treating tooth decay, schedule a consultation with your Sheridan by contacting Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in the 82801 are, we welcome patients from Sheridan, WY and all surrounding communities.