Poor oral hygiene promotes the natural bacteria in your mouth, which can affect your oral health in a myriad of ways. Cavities are one of the more serious complications of poor oral hygiene. They develop when the bacteria work to exploit a weakened or textured area of tooth enamel, compromising the health and functionality of the tooth.
With early detection and treatment, your dentist, Drs. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher, can often repair it with a standard dental filling. The material they recommends for the filling will be based on the location of the cavity as well as the primary function of the tooth and its visibility in your smile. This makes amalgam fillings a poor choice as they are often gray or dark in color.
For a small cavity on a tooth that is visible in your smile, your dentist might recommend repairing it with a composite resin filling. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding natural tooth enamel.
With improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine and regular attendance to your twice-annual dental checkup, the composite filling should repair the tooth for many years to come.
If you have a cavity and you’re interested in learning more about dental fillings in Chicago, Illinois, you should call 773-478-5520 to have it treated at Oradent Associates.