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Tooth cavity magnified by a dental examination magnifier

UNTREATED DENTAL CAVITIES ARE THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE DISEASE

TOOTH CAVITY FILLINGS NEAR YOU IN MISSISSAUGA
 

TOOTH CAVITIES ARE VERY COMMON

 

Dental cavities are a common occurrence. Nearly all adults (100%) have tooth decay. Untreated dental cavities are the most prevalent disease in the world. It is so common that it impacts 35% of the global population, that is, more than 1 in 3 persons.​

UNTREATED TOOTH CAVITIES CAN CAUSE PAIN AND INFECTIONS OR OTHER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES

Untreated dental cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. In some cases, untreated dental cavities can lead to infection of tooth nerves, formation of abscess (a sac filled with pus) under the gums and the infection can spread to other parts of the body. This can have serious, and in rare cases life-threatening, consequences.

HOW DO DENTAL CAVITIES FORM?

 

The following video briefly explains how dental cavities are formed. 

DENTAL CAVITIES ARE EASY TO TREAT

Tooth cavities are really not a big deal as long as you get them treated quickly. Filling them is the common treatment. They’re The procedure is used to repair damaged teeth and prevent further decay, while also restoring the natural colour of your teeth and smile.

If you don’t get your tooth cavities treated quickly, they will get bigger. Bigger cavities can lead to bigger problems like severe tooth pain, tooth breakage or outright tooth loss. 

Treatment of your dental cavity will depend on how far inside your tooth the decay has spread. Cavities may be larger than they look because the decay may be spread much farther into the tooth.

If you have a mild or moderate dental cavity problem, your dentist at Dunwin Dental can help you by filling them with natural looking tooth coloured glass ionomer cement to match rest of your teeth and protect your teeth from any more damage.

 

If your tooth cavity is very large, a filling may not be enough. Your tooth may need to have a crown, an inlay or an onlay placed on it.

If the nerves of your tooth are infected, you may need a root canal treatment and crown.

If your tooth is badly damaged from a cavity, then it may have to be removed (2% chance) and replaced with an artificial tooth such as a bridge, denture or implant. These are more expensive treatments than simple fillings. 

Your dentist will discuss the extent of damage and your best option to get your mouth healthy again.

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED A FILLING

You can have decay on any tooth and in any place on your tooth. Cavities are sometimes tricky to spot because they may be in hard to see spots such as back molars or surfaces between teeth. Common sites of tooth decay are chewing surface, in between teeth, at the gum line, tooth root and under fillings.

You may have a tooth cavity If you have:

  • Pain in the tooth, including tooth aches, throbbing pains, and sharp pains

  • Sensitivity in the tooth when you touch it or put pressure on it (e.g., when eating, brushing)

  • A visible hole in the tooth or mark that might indicate a hole exists

  • A rough or jagged feeling in the tooth when you run your tongue over it

  • A black, brown, white or pale/yellow coloured stain on your tooth

If you don’t experience any of these symptoms, however, it is still possible that tooth decay may be present and that you will need a filling. This is often the case with smaller holes that may exist in your teeth, but that won’t necessarily cause you any pain or discomfort.

If you have any of the above signs or symptoms, please book an appointment with a dentist at Dunwin Dental. ​​​Your dentist will check your mouth to see if you have a dental cavity and recommend an appropriate treatment.

THE TOOTH CAVITY FILLING PROCESS AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Several steps are required for tooth-colored fillings and are as follows:

  • After we have removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers.

  • Next, a special light that “cures” or hardens each layer is applied.

  • When the multilayering process is completed, we will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material and polish the final restoration.

The following video briefly explains the dental cavity fillings:

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