Cavities are more common than the cold. Studies show, 99% of humans have one or more cavities in a lifetime. Those odds are certainly against you, but fortunately, Dr. Chugg offers composite resin dental fillings, made to blend with natural tooth enamel, and dental fillings can be placed in a single visit to our office.
The Cause of Cavities
Tooth decay begins with demineralization. All human teeth contain calcium and phosphorus, minerals that strengthen tooth enamel. When we consume starches, including sugars, bad oral bacteria feed on them and emit an acidic byproduct. This acid, and other acidic foods and drinks we consume, extract enamel-strengthening minerals from teeth, leaving them soft and susceptible to bacterial invasion. When bacteria can consume softened tooth enamel, they leave decay behind. This is how cavities form.
Waiting to fill a cavity that you know exists could lead to the need for a more extensive restoration, such as an inlay, onlay, or full dental crown. So, if you suspect or know that your tooth needs attention, call us now to schedule a visit. Should you experience an intense, persistent toothache that interferes with sleep and work, ask for a same-day emergency visit.
Decay Likes Some More than Others
The pH of a human mouth has an impact on the type, amount, and strength of bacteria that can survive and thrive. People with a naturally acidic tendency may develop cavities at a higher rate than those with a more balanced pH. Similarly, those who suffer from acid reflux, or GERD, often develop more cavities, particularly in the molars, which are nearer to the throat, where stomach acid enters the mouth.
Because everyone has a slightly different body chemistry, and external factors influence cavity development, you may not be able to stop cavities from forming. However, there are certainly many measures you can take to help prevent them. Daily brushing and flossing, bi-annual checkups and cleanings, and visiting Dr. Chugg when you suspect a cavity will reduce your potential for needing dental fillings and dental crowns.
The Filling Procedure
In the case of a small cavity, the dentist may recommend immediate treatment during your checkup. Larger dental fillings will require a second appointment. When you visit us for a filling, you can expect a few steps, and the procedure will be completed rather quickly.
- We will make you comfortable. While some topical instances of decay can be repaired without causing any discomfort, most cavity treatments begin with the dentist administering a local anesthetic. This medication numbs the tooth and surrounding gum tissue, so you’ll feel no discomfort during the procedure. Local anesthetic only affects tissues in close proximity to the injection site, so you’ll be able to return to normal daily activities following your appointment.
- The dentist will remove all decay and bacteria from your tooth, then sanitize the area in preparation for your dental filling.
- We will mix liquid composite resin with a color tinting agent to create filling material that will blend with your existing tooth enamel.
- The dentist will literally fill the cleaned cavity with the custom-shaded composite resin and expose it to a soft light, which hardens the resin.
- He will check your occlusion (bite) and alter the filling’s shape, if necessary, to fit well against opposing teeth. After a final polish, your tooth will be filled and ready to serve you well for many years to come!
Toothache? Call Us Now.
A toothache is often the first obvious indication that you have a cavity. Don’t delay treatment. If you have a toothache or think you may have decay, call us now at 480-563-0525 to schedule an appointment. We also replace failed fillings and amalgams, as well as crowns and bridges. Located in Scottsdale, AZ, our dental office welcomes new patients from across the Phoenix area.