Cavities and tooth decay are a national health issue here in Australia and a staggering 90% of the population, adults and especially children, are affected by a certain amount of tooth decay at some point in their lives. It is important that you visit our dentist Wagga on a regular basis to help prevent the formation of cavities and the development of tooth decay. Cavities are caused as a result of a bacterial infection in the tooth. Bacteria erodes the enamel of the tooth creating a hole resulting in tooth decay. The erosion is caused by the acid by-product of bacteria in the plaque, biofilm and the food and drink that people consume.
One of the most common places in which cavities develop is the deep grooves of the molars at the back of your mouth. They are also common between the teeth, in those hard-to-reach areas which your toothbrush cannot reach. If you do not floss between your teeth it is very likely that bacteria will flourish between your teeth.
White fillings for cavities and tooth decay
Cavities are preventable by visiting our dentist Wagga and diagnosing them early can prevent them from growing and spreading. Cavities can spread from one tooth to another and if you are affected by a cavity between two of your teeth then it will often spread and affect both of the teeth. Our dentist can repair your cavities with fillings here at Kooringal Dental. Our dentist Wagga will remove the decay and reinforce it with a filling. Dental fillings are usually made of tooth-coloured material known as composite or resin. They come in a variety of different shades of white so that our dentist can select the best colour to blend with your natural dentition. These are more discreet and less invasive than traditional silver amalgam fillings. Silver fillings may still be necessary if a cavity is significantly large and these are more commonly used in children.
The importance of visiting the dentist in Wagga
Sometimes the damage may have gone further than the enamel and reached the dentine of your tooth. If the decay remains unaddressed then there may not be sufficient enamel left to successfully fill the tooth or if too much tooth surface has been eroded, a crown or a cap will usually be recommended to save the tooth. If you continue to avoid our dentist at Kooringal Dental, the cavity may become deeper until it reaches the nerve of your tooth. This may cause you significant pain and discomfort and you may need a root canal treatment to save your tooth followed by a crown to restore the tooth.
By visiting our dentist on a regular basis cavities and tooth decay are preventable. You need to visit the dentist at least once every 6 months and maintain a good dental hygiene routine at home. This will help reduce your chance of tooth decay and help you enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile. Visit us at the practice with the whole family and let us prevent cavities and tooth decay in your children as well.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.