Cavities are tooth decay that chews a hole in your tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss consistently, a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, can form on your teeth. These bacteria make acid that eats at your teeth from the sugars you eat.
There are many things you can do to help prevent tooth decay. Thoroughly brush your teeth two times a day. Use floss or a water flosser to clean between your teeth. Avoid eating refined sugar and eat balanced and nutritional meals. Just be aware that sometimes a cavity will still slip through.
In the event that you develop one, Dr. Robert Berkowitz, our dentist, can fill it and repair the tooth with a dental filling. He might recommend different filling materials depending on where the cavity is and how severe it is. Resin Composite is the most often used.
Fillings can’t fix all tooth decay, however. If the decay has damaged a large portion of your tooth, or you have tooth fracture, it might be best to repair the tooth with a dental crown instead. If the cavity has damaged the nerves, you may need root canal therapy to restore the tooth.
To learn more about your dental repair options, call Trinity Dental Center in Anderson, South Carolina, today!