What causes cavity?
When a tooth is exposed to acid frequently, the repeated cycles of acid attacks cause the enamel (armor of your tooth) to lose minerals. If tooth decay process continues, more minerals are lost. Over time, the enamel is weakened and destroyed, forming a cavity.
How can I stop cavity and tooth decay?
A cavity is permanent damage that a dentist has to repair with a filling. If the cavity is not stopped it can reach to the pulp (heart of the tooth) and a root canal is needed to repair the tooth.
If the decay is further left unchecked, the tooth may be non-restorable and have to be extracted. In all cases, Dr. Thodas and Tran can repair teeth with white fillings, root canals, and crowns. If extractions are needed, Dr. Thodas and Tran can replace the missing teeth by using implants, bridges, or a removable partial denture.
Should I replace my silver fillings with a Tooth Colored Restoration?
We are a mercury free practice. However, many people still have silver (mercury) fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver fillings result in a weaker tooth structure.
Tooth colored restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies. Fillings are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. The tooth remains intact and strong.
You can have your silver fillings replaced with tooth colored restorations. This process requires only one appointment. Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!