If sugary drinks or candy are your vices, you’re likely to get a cavity at some point in your life. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that about 91% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 have cavities in at least one permanent tooth. Getting these cavities filled is important for restoring your teeth’s durability. If you suspect that you have cavities, call or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Fatima Afshar at Grayslake Dentistry to discuss fillings.
Cavities, also known as tooth decay or caries, are damage to your teeth caused by bad habits or poor oral hygiene. They develop into holes in your teeth beginning on the surface and extending deeper into your tooth pending treatment. Risky behavior that may lead to the development of a cavity in your mouth includes:
To prevent cavities in your teeth, make sure to brush them frequently and attend regular dental checkups. They can be asymptomatic as they develop, so it’s important for Dr. Afshar to examine your mouth at least once a year. If your teeth feel especially sensitive or if they are becoming brown or black, you’re likely developing a cavity and require immediate fillings.
Fillings come in a variety of materials, and Dr. Afshar can help you determine which is right for the severity and depth of your cavity. The most common materials for fillings are gold, dental amalgam, and composite resin.
Gold fillings have been around the longest because they are durable. They’re made of a mixture of gold, copper, and other metals. Some people do not prefer them because of their unnatural look, but their durability allows them to remain a popular option.
Dental amalgam is a silver-colored filling material. Like gold fillings, dental amalgam does not look natural, but is highly durable. It is also the cheapest option for fillings, so it may be the right option for your budget.
If you want your fillings to look like your natural teeth, composite resins are the best material. They are made of a mixture of glass and quartz, so they’re great for visible front teeth. Though they aren’t as durable as the metallic options, composite resins can withstand moderate pressure.
Dr. Afshar can assess your cavities and help you determine which material you need for your cavities based on their severity and your preferences. Call or schedule an appointment online with Grayslake Dentistry in Grayslake, Illinois to fix your cavities and strengthen your teeth.