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More than 45% of children and 91% of adults have cavities in their teeth due to decay. Luckily, there’s an easy solution for halting the destruction in a simple filling, which can preserve your teeth for years to come. This preventive dental treatment is available at Delray Medical & Dental for patients of all ages in Delray Beach, Florida. To put an end to tooth decay with fillings, call or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.
Consider this: 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. And one of the primary drivers of this loss is tooth decay.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in your mouth mix with the foods you eat and the bacteria release an acid that can wreak havoc on your teeth. In the earliest stages, the food, bacteria, and acids come together to form plaque, that slippery substance you can feel on the surfaces of your teeth.
If this plaque isn’t cleared away regularly, it can harden into tartar, which harbors the bacteria, allowing them to eat away at your teeth’s enamel with the acids they produce. Once these bacteria gain access into your teeth, they destroy anything in their path, creating a cavity in their wake. Left unchecked, these bacteria continue until the entire structure is severely compromised.
But tooth decay has met its match with fillings, which effectively stop the destruction.
If your dental expert at Delray Medical & Dental finds that you have a cavity — usually through X-rays — their goal is to prevent further damage. (You may also discover the cavity on your own since they can be uncomfortable as roots become exposed.)
To preserve your tooth and stop the decay, your dental provider first clears out the affected tissue, and then they plug the cavity with a filling, all of which can be accomplished in one visit.
There are two main types of fillings:
These fillings are made from silver and are excellent options in terms of strength and durability.
If you don’t like the thought of darker-colored metal in your mouth, you can opt for fillings that better match the natural color of your teeth. These fillings are made from plastic resins and cost more than amalgam fillings.
Gold fillings are also available, as well as fillings made from porcelain. To figure out which option is best for you, sit down with your dental expert at Delray Medical & Dental to review your goals and budget.
To explore your options in fillings, call Delray Medical & Dental or request a consultation using the online scheduling tool.