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1800 Fortino Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81008

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Dental Fillings - Correcting Cavities

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If your teeth had been damaged by an accident or disease, turn to our board certified dentists to restore your beautiful smile.  Advantage Dental can replace missing teeth, correct cavities by dental fillings, repair broken or diseased teeth, and help with teeth grinding problems.  We’ll be happy to go over all the latest restoration options, from tooth colored fillings and periodontal treatments, to root canal therapy. 

Definition

Cavities refer to tooth decay, which occurs when specific types of bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin.

Signs & Symptoms

Three possible indications that you have a cavity are toothache, tooth sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods or drinks, or pain when chewing.

Cause

Diagnosis

Your dentist can diagnose cavities by examining the tooth surface and by taking an x-ray to see if the cavity has gone from the enamel into the dentin or pulp of the tooth.

Prevention

There are a variety of ways to help prevent cavities which include:

Brushing and flossing daily; this will help reduce the amount of dental plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
Eating sugary or starchy foods less often during the day to help reduce the number of tooth-damaging acids in your mouth.
Use of fluoride toothpaste, which strengthens teeth, as well as fluoride treatments provided by the dentist or taking fluoride supplements as recommended by the dentist.
Using antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce the levels of bacteria that cause cavities.
Chewing gum that contains xylitol; this can help decrease bacterial growth.

Treatment

In adults, dentists can apply sealants on molars that have early signs of tooth decay, as long as the decay has not broken through the enamel. Once the enamel has been irreversibly compromised, your dentist will have to fill the tooth. In more serious cases, a root canal may be necessary.

In children, both baby molars and permanent molars can be sealed. Dentists can also apply fluoride varnish on both primary and permanent teeth to protect them from decay.

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