Why do you brush your teeth every day and night? To prevent tooth decay, right? Dental homecare is a constant battle against bacteria, a fight to keep teeth healthy and strong. However, despite our best efforts, bacteria are sometimes successful in damaging our teeth. Just how serious the damage is determines the treatment that will restore oral health. One of the most common treatments for tooth decay is the placement of a dental filling. Here to discuss dental fillings further is your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
A Closer Look at Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria consume lingering sugars and give off an acid byproduct that is damaging to teeth. This acid strips enamel from teeth, and continued exposure to the acid as well as the formation of plaque can result in the development of a cavity. Further decay can lead to an infection in the tooth’s pulp and eventually the death of the tooth. Thankfully, dental fillings can intervene long before a tooth dies.
Dental Fillings: What Do They Do?
A dental filling restores the defenses of a tooth that has seen damage from tooth decay. The filling material is hardened and keeps bacteria at bay, leaving a tooth strengthened against bacteria. When placing a dental filling, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, will first administer anesthesia. Next she will scrape away any decayed portions of the tooth so that the cavity is fully exposed and ready to be filled. After filling the cavity, Dr. Johnson, will dry the filling material. Finally, she will smooth any rough edges and polish the filling, leaving your tooth strong and comfortable.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Dentist
If one of your teeth has suffered from tooth decay, a dental filling may be necessary to protect it from further damage. Schedule an appointment with you Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.