Dental decay starts with plaque. It builds on and between your teeth. Over time, decay sets in and if not treated, it will form cavities in your teeth. Certainly, a solid oral health regimen at home that includes brushing, flossing, and dental rinses is a fantastic tool to combat dental decay. Even with a good dental routine at home, there is always room for improvement. Proper bushing technique can make a big difference, for example. It is also equally important to schedule regular appointments for a complete dental exam, including x-rays, with our Gloucester Township dentist, Dr. Barry Ettelson. Dental decay caught early can prevent cavities and cavities treated early are less likely to be problematic in the future.
Professional dental cleanings are another key component in your overall dental health. This will remove any of the stubborn plaque that you were unable to remove through brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Combined with a diligent perusal of your x-rays and a thorough check of your teeth and gums by our Gloucester Township dentist, you’ll be in the best position to keep dental decay at bay.
Regardless of how much effort you put in, a cavity may still occur. There are options when it comes to fillings and our Gloucester Township dentist will work with you to determine the best option for you. Porcelain and composite are common traditional filling materials because they are strong and long lasting. This is particularly helpful with back teeth that take the brunt of the force from chewing. For front teeth, where cosmetic concerns are more important, ceramic and plastic filling materials offer a look that more closely resembles your natural teeth. If desired, these composite resins may be considered for back teeth. Ask Dr. Ettelson what is appropriate for your individual situation.
Placing the filling is a fairly simple and pain free process. Our Gloucester Township dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then remove the portion of the tooth that is decayed. He’ll then clean the area, making sure to remove all debris and bacteria. The filling will then be applied. The more you know about dental decay and fillings, the easier it will be to make fillings an infrequent need. And when they are necessary, our Gloucester Township dentist will tend to those fillings quickly, effectively, and painlessly.