You don’t want to hear that you have a cavity. Hopefully, you try your best to maintain preventive dental care with good oral hygiene and biannual dental visits. If you do have tooth decay, the tried-and-true solution is usually a dental filling. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson places fillings in patient’s teeth all the time, so there’s no reason to panic if you need one.
Cavities start as a result of harmful bacteria. There are hundreds of germs in your mouth, but Streptococcus mutans are the tooth decay culprits. S. mutans create cavities in teeth because they convert sugar into lactic acid which demineralizes tooth enamel leaving dentin susceptible to the hungry germs. The bacteria are also able to adhere to teeth by forming a sticky, clear substance called plaque. When plaque attaches to teeth, the bacteria perpetrate concentrated damage to teeth in a specific area, and if the plaque is not removed, a cavity can develop.
When tooth decay is discovered, a dental filling is recommended as quickly as possible. If decay is not treated, the cavity can deepen and eventually the bacteria responsible for decay multiplies and spreads. When germs reach your dental pulp, your smile’s health is in danger. Your roots, canals, nerves, and jaw are all susceptible to damage, and your tooth could die. There is even compelling research that bacteria travel from your mouth into your body, causing serious overall health conditions such as heart disease, strokes, and dementia. Fortunately, when a dental filling is firmly placed after your tooth is cleared of bacteria, it is blocked off from further infection. A filling also reinforces the weakened tooth so your mouth can function without further damage.
Fillings from your Des Moines Dentist
Do you suspect a cavity has developed in your tooth? A dental filling can protect your tooth and restore your oral health. Contact your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.