Treat cavities discretely with tooth-coloured composite fillings in Drumheller, AB

Tooth decay is a common health condition affecting Canadians, but you can quickly remove decay and prevent further issues with routine dental care. Dr. Kenneth Poznikoff and his team in  Drumheller, AB, offer composite fillings to protect your teeth and restore your oral health.

Prevention of dental caries and cavities

Bacteria in the mouth cause tooth decay. As they feed on starches and sugars stuck in your teeth, they create acids to lower the pH in your mouth and protect them from your natural defences. These acids begin to wear through your tooth enamel, forming dental caries. At this early stage, you can reverse tooth decay with treatments, such as fluoride, that raise the pH and strengthen the enamel through remineralization. Without treatment, dental caries grow into cavities, and infection can spread into your dental pulp and tooth root, causing pain and sensitivity.

Proper brushing and flossing will remove debris from your teeth and sweep bacteria away. However, home hygiene is only one part of prevention for dental cavities. Reducing the number of sugary foods you eat and the number of times you snack throughout the day will also reduce the risk, and routine dental visits allow the hygienist to remove plaque and tartar buildup where bacteria take shelter.

Treating cavities

During your dental visits, the dentist will use x-rays and an intraoral exam to look for tooth decay and gum disease. By treating cavities early, you can preserve more of your natural tooth. Dr. Poznikoff can remove tooth decay and fill the cavities with composite resin, a tooth-coloured filling that blends in discreetly with your natural tooth.

The process is quick and entirely painless, thanks to local anesthetics. In some cases, teeth with larger cavities may need the support of a dental crown to prevent further damage. Your dentist will evaluate your specific situation and form a treatment plan to restore your oral health as soon as possible. To learn more about treating cavities, contact our office in Drumheller, AB, today at (833) 575-1855.