What are Cavities?
Cavities are areas of decay in one or more teeth and affects children & adults. Tooth decay often forms as a result of poor oral hygiene and a poor diet. Eating a lot of high-sugar foods and not brushing or flossing well enough causes a thin layer of sticky plaque to form on different surfaces of the teeth. Not only does plaque make your teeth feel dirty, but it contains acids that lead to enamel erosion. As the plaque acids continue to essentially “eat” away at the tooth, a cavity forms and treatment is needed. If an area of decay is ignored and left untreated for too long, it will eventually spread to the inner pulp, or nerve, of the tooth. This will then cause the need for a complete root canal or extraction of the tooth.
What Treatment Options are Available?
While fillings are a great way to replace areas of decay in one or more teeth, there is no question that they compromise the overall strength and integrity of the tooth. Fillings do not last forever and will need to be replaced over time, which can be a cost issue for many patients.
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Contact Bright Star Sapphire Dental in Fair Lawn, NJ
If you would like to learn more about treating cavities without the need for fillings, call Bright Star Sapphire Dental in Fair Lawn today for more information and to speak with one of our friendly professionals.