Are Dental Fillings for Cavities Really Necessary?

Are Dental Fillings for Cavities Really Necessary?

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Tooth decay is unfortunately a very normal and common part of life. Every time you stop in to see Dr. Ari Binder or the friendly hygienists at Binder Family Dental Group, we always check to see whether or not you have developed any cavities since your last visit. This is important because the earlier that tooth decay is caught, the better your chances are of recovering or preventing further decay from occurring.  Dental fillings are the key to preventing further decay, but are they always necessary?

Dental fillings are not always necessary, but they usually are. Depending on your personal oral health and diet, your tooth or teeth may begin to decay from acid in your mouth, causing enamel to break down.  When you see us regularly, it’s easier for us to catch this decay in the earliest stages.

Diets high in sugar or acidic foods or drinks can really do some damage to your teeth, increasing the rate of decay. Cutting down on these foods and eating more leafy greens and other foods high in bone-supporting minerals can strengthen your teeth and gums – potentially even reversing pre-cavity damage. Additionally, you may need to undergo a fluoride therapy to aid the reparation of lost enamel.  Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day are also vital to your damage-reversal routine.

If your tooth has decayed to the point of a cavity, or if it is determined to be too close to penetrating the core down to the pulp of your tooth, Dr. Binder will have to perform a filling. During this simple procedure, he will first remove the decay from inside of the gap, then he will fill the gap with a composite resin or ionomer filling to make sure it can’t be penetrated or further erode.

Fillings are a very common treatment that Dr. Binder often performs. During the filling procedure, your gums will be numbed to prevent you from experiencing pain while the decay is removed from your cavity.

It’s much easier and less painful to receive a filling than to let the cavity go for too long. If left untreated, your cavity will spread deep inside the tooth and once it reaches the core, or the pulp, it will be very painful, and you may then require a root canal or extraction – ouch!

Don’t wait until it’s too late – schedule your next oral health appointment with Dr. Binder and the friendly, experienced hygienists at Binder Family Dental Group today! Request an appointment online or call (541) 689-1645 to get your smile back, without the pain of a cavity.