Often adults are surprised when their dentist finds a cavity during their routine dental exam. However, cavities occur in every age group. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lower your risks and improve your oral health.
A cavity means you have decay on your tooth that requires removal by a dentist. Following decay removal, your dentist will fill in the tooth with a dental filling. And we always make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable before starting your cavity treatments.
Putting fill in a tooth closes the cavity and prevents the spread of decay.
Options to Fill in a Tooth
At Dental Solutions, your Jonesboro dentist offers bonded fillings (tooth-colored) or amalgam fillings.
Both options provide sturdy protection against breakage as you chew, but tooth-colored fillings may be preferable for cavities located in your smile line.
Lower Your Cavity Risk
The best way to lower your cavity risk is to visit your Jonesboro dentist regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
Our preventive dentistry, which includes comprehensive dental exams and professional teeth cleanings, is designed to lower your risks for cavities, dental infections, and even periodontal disease.
Another important preventive measure is regular brushing and flossing at home—at least twice each day.
If you indulge in sugar, you may want to consider reducing your intake to lower your cavity risk.
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism—grinding and clenching your teeth—we suggest a nightguard to help prevent enamel wear. When enamel breaks down due to grinding and clenching your teeth, you are at an increased risk for cavities.
Also, ask your dentist in Jonesboro about your bite alignment. A misaligned bite can also contribute to tooth cavities.
Do You Need to Fill in a Tooth in Jonesboro?
If you suspect a cavity, or if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, contact a member of our dental team to schedule an exam.