Prevention is the most important part of dentistry. The second most important part is regular checkups, which can provide early treatment of problems. Tooth decay can usually be prevented with good oral hygiene, mindful nutrition, and regular professional cleanings. Even with our best effort, tooth decay can still occur and cause cavities in our teeth. Teeth grinding, genetics, and dry mouth can all increase our risk for tooth decay despite our good efforts. A cavity can and should be treated with a dental filling to prevent it from spreading deeper within the tooth.

Protection From Further Damage

Dental caries is the medical term for tooth decay. Tooth decay is progressive, meaning that it will worsen over time. First, it will impact the outer layer, the enamel, of the tooth. As the decay progresses, it can pass the enamel and deepen into the next layer of the tooth, the dentin. Dentin is softer than enamel and the decay will spread faster. The tooth decay will begin to erode the enamel resulting in a hole or cavity. Without treatment, the hole will get bigger, and cause the tooth susceptible to breakage. The hole can also become a home for leftover food and drink particles to hide, which can cause further decay. If there is still no treatment, the decay can reach the inner tissue or pulp of the tooth. At this painful stage, root canal treatment will likely be needed to restore the tooth. Without a root canal, the tooth may need to be extracted. A dental filling can be done in the very early stages of dental caries to prevent the progression of tooth decay and to protect the tooth.

What Is A Filling

A filling involves removing decay and damaged tooth material, disinfecting the area, and literally filling the tooth with a composite bonding material. The bonding material is similar to the look and texture of a tooth. The tooth will be restored to previous function and appearance, but more importantly, the bonding will stop the progression of tooth decay.

Fillings done early can save your tooth

Talk to Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris if you think you need a filling. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.