Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic, preventable medical conditions in America. 91% of adults between the age of 20-64 suffer from tooth decay, according to the CDC. The best way to treat tooth decay is to take proper oral hygiene steps to prevent it, such as brushing twice a day and flossing once per day, and seeing Dr. Brian P. Overmyer at Perfect Choice Dental for 6-month oral exams and teeth cleanings. However, if you do have a decayed tooth, the best way to treat it is usually with a filling.
Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria which live in the mouth begin to build up into plaque, and attack the enamel (the hard outer surface) of your teeth. As these bacteria feed on sugars in your mouth, they secrete acids which soften and destroy enamel.
Over time, this creates small holes in the teeth, which can eventually breach the enamel and dentin, reaching the nerve-filled pulp, and causing a tooth infection, which must be treated with a root canal.
Fillings help address tooth decay. Dr. Overmyer can remove the damaged tooth enamel, and replace it with a filling, to ensure that the integrity of your tooth is not compromised.
There are several commonly-used types of fillings.
So, what are the benefits of tooth fillings? Here are just a few reasons you should get a decaying tooth filled as soon as possible!
If you are experiencing the symptoms of tooth decay, like a sensitive tooth or sudden pain when eating or drinking, come to Perfect Choice Dental for an oral exam right away.
Don’t wait! The longer you wait to treat a cavity, the more difficult (and expensive) your treatment will be. Contact us now for an appointment at (815) 477-3700, or come to 284-A Memorial Ct, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 to schedule your consultation.