Cavities are among the most common issues most patients face when visiting the dentist. This form of tooth decay can harm your smile’s health, which is why it needs to be resolved as soon as possible. And thanks to new composite technology, you no longer have to choose between having cavities or ugly metallic fillers. Here at Sunny Family Dental in Chino Hills, California, Dr. Uday Shah and his team can help you fix problematic issues like dental cavities with therapies such as composite resin restorations that can restore a tooth’s function while maintaining its natural appearance.
Unless there’s pain involved, most people never realize they have a cavity until it’s too late. Here are a few examples of how we can diagnose cavities.
Once an area of decay is discovered, we will talk to you about restorative options to get your smile back on track.
In most cases, patients with a cavity can benefit from having a filling placed inside the tooth. However, we prefer not to use older, less attractive materials like silver fillings made with amalgam, which has also been linked with mercury toxicity.
Instead, we recommend materials like composite resin to our patients. Not only is this material biocompatible and safer, but it’s also more visually pleasing. In many situations, dental on lay and inlay restorations are a better fit for patients experiencing decay in large areas. Such restorations sit on or in the tooth and are made out of porcelain which also matches the appearance of your natural tooth rendering the restoration nearly invisible.
When a tooth experiences significant cavity damage, it can dramatically impact its structure, resulting in the need for a permanent extraction. This often happens when the risk outweighs the reward of trying to place a filling. If the tooth’s structure is too weak, a replacement could be the best choice for restoration.
In cases where a tooth is no longer viable, the doctor might recommend restorations such as dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants. If enough of the tooth’s structure remains, then a dental crown placed over the damaged tooth could restore the natural appearance and functionality of the tooth without extraction.
However, if the tooth’s structure is too far gone, extraction and a replacement option such as a dental bridge or implant would likely be the best restoration. And if multiple teeth are damaged, Dr. Shah may recommend implant-supported dentures.
While having a cavity or two isn’t the end of the world, cavities are not issues that “go away” on their own. Cavities only become more significant problems as time passes and can end up costing thousands of dollars in additional procedures that can be pretty invasive, such as root canals.