There are many reasons why adult teeth may need restorative treatment, the most common reasons being tooth decay and old restorations needing replacement. If we recommend that a tooth with a cavity be treated and more than a few weeks pass after the initial diagnosis, the cavity will almost always get bigger and can cause pain. When it comes to tooth decay, time is of the essence. The faster we detect and react to tooth decay, the more effective our treatment will be. In a perfect world dentistry is not a reactive solution, it is a proactive solution. We take corrective action when needed, but with proper oral health your teeth will need minimal attention.
How a Cavity Forms
A cavity is a very small hole that forms on the surface, side, or root of a tooth. Cavities are caused when sugars in the food you eat combine with the bacteria in your mouth. This combination produces a mild acid that eats away at the enamel, the hard outer layer of your tooth. Cavities can occur at any age, but most occur during childhood when dental hygiene may be less thorough. There is a genetic component to dental health, including teeth, gums, and the bone that holds the teeth. No matter how good your genes are, if you don’t take good care of your teeth you may be prone to very serious consequences.
Cosmetic dentistry is not all about cavities and fillings, but that is the optimal solution when a tooth has decay. In addition to filings, there are other restorative measures that we can take which include dental bridges, crowns, and veneers. Sometimes these are more effective solutions than a traditional filling, and we will always consult with you and discuss the best treatment option for your smile.
As part of any visit to our office, we check all of your restorations for any sign of decay or old age and we may recommend x-rays so that we can see inside and between your teeth. If we spot any cavities, we will recommend different options for restoring the tooth to full function. In order to avoid any of these treatments though, brush & floss your teeth daily!
For more information on Cosmetic Dentistry in the Santa Barbara, CA area call Mesa Dental at (805) 963-1222 today!