Tooth Decay and Fillings

Decays and cavities are the most common health problem affecting human race.

Anyone with a tooth can get caries. Almost all individuals in their lifetime would have experienced a tooth decay . Some might be painful, however painless cases are also found. Simple filling should be done at the earliest to prevent penetration of caries to deeper structures. But non restorable and untreated cases might lead to root canal treatment.

Causes of tooth decay:

  • Plaque(soft deposit ) on tooth. These are sticky in nature and results as a result of frequent consumption of sugar and starch and without cleaning tooth in regular intervals.
  • Dry mouth
  • Bedtime infant feeding
  • Inadequate brushing and flossing
  • Eating disorders
  • Location of tooth

Cavities are permanent thus if they are left untreated they can eventually increase in size. So that its always better to treat before they enlarge in size as the hole or cavity can initiate a good bacterial communication with the teeth.

As most of the cases are completely asymptomatic its always better to get regular dental checkups done to terminate the progression of caries if detected. Regular dental checkups, cleaning, and flossing can prevent caries formation to a greater extent.

Dental Fillings

Fillings may be permanent or temporary. Temporary fillings are those which are placed for a week inorder to monitor those tooth which have potential chance of infection. They are semipermanent and areint meant to last long. If it stays asymptomatic for a week they are usually replaced with permanent one whereas any unpleasant symptoms suggest immediate removal of the filling
followed by root canal treatment or tooth removal. These are selected mostly according to the condition of tooth of the tooth and extent of decay.

Most common type of fillings are tooth colored composite fillings and glass ionomer fillings (these release fluoride and are most commonly used to fill decay below gum line).

Both of these are biocompatible and donot cause any irritation or infections to the tooth and
its surrounding structures. And also have the capability to arrest further decay by
completely filling the hole or cavity.

If proper care is given after filling , they may last unaffected for a very long time without any symptoms. Sensitivity and pain can be thus resolved by filling the tooth as soon as the cavity is noticed.

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