Cavities are one of the most common dental issues for children and adults. By cleaning the damaged area of your tooth and replacing with a filling, Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS, restores and seals the tooth to prevent further decay. At her Brea, California, practice, she uses a material that blends into the natural color of your tooth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexandroni by calling or using the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button below.
Fillings Q & A
What causes tooth decay?
When food and residue coat your teeth, bacteria feeds off the residue and creates plaque. Eventually, plaque acids start eating away at the enamel. These acids and bacteria invade the deeper layers of the teeth, leading to tooth decay.
Tooth decay damages the tooth structure. Numerous factors can lead to tooth decay:
- Frequent snacking
- Insufficient oral hygiene
- Consuming sugary food and drinks
If you experience a toothache, temperature sensitivity, or pain when you bite down, you may have a cavity. Many people aren’t aware they have tooth decay, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with your routine exams.
What’s a filling?
A filling restores your damaged tooth to its natural shape and function and prevents further penetration of tooth decay. Dr. Alexandroni offers a composite material that blends in with your natural tooth color and lasts 3-10 years.
What happens during a filling treatment?
First, Dr. Alexandroni takes X-rays and discusses your treatment options. Depending on the depth of the decay, a local anesthetic may, or may not, be required.
Next, she removes the damaged tooth structure from the decayed area. She cleans and sterilizes the opening and then closes it with filling material.
What happens if I don’t get a filling?
Tooth decay can lead to various health complications when untreated. As tooth decay continues to damage the tooth, the cavity gets larger and requires increasingly complex treatment. If the bacteria continue to proliferate, you can end up with an infection or abscessed tooth.
As tooth decay progresses, it destroys the structural integrity of the tooth, potentially leading to fractures. You could start to experience excruciating pain, and eventually, you may even lose the tooth.
If you have a cavity, contact Dr. Alexandroni online or over the phone as soon as possible to prevent further problems.