TOOTH CAVITY FILLINGS IN HAMILTON AND STONEY CREEK
Tooth-Coloured Composite And Silver Amalgam Tooth Fillings In Hamilton Stoney Creek
Dental Cavities – The World’s Number 1 Prevalent Disease
Dental cavities are tiny openings or holes in your teeth. They are permanent damages. Dental cavities are a common health problem. They can occur in anyone – infant, child, teenager or adult.
Dental cavities are a global problem. In fact, untreated decay of permanent teeth is the world’s number one prevalent condition and affects 35% of the population – that’s every third person on the planet! 1 in 5 adults over the age of 65 years has an untreated dental cavity. In Canada, tooth decay accounts for 1/3rd of all day surgeries performed on children between the ages of 1 and 5 – once again, every 3rd child day surgery is related to tooth decay.
Considering the statistics above, chances are either you or someone you know has untreated dental cavities.
Now the good news! Tooth cavities are not a big deal as long as you get them treated immediately.
What Happens If You Don’t Get Dental Cavities Treated?
They get bigger. They can affect deeper layers of your teeth leading to severe tooth pain, tooth breakage or outright tooth loss. Without meaning to scare you, in EXTREME and rare cases, untreated cavities, tooth abscess and puss can lead to blood or brain infection.
What Causes Cavities?
There are numerous factors that contribute to dental cavities. Generally speaking, poor dental hygiene habits, lack of fluoride, sugary and sticky foods, bacteria in your mouth, acid and lack of saliva are common contributors to cavities. Smoking and medications that cause a dry mouth are also associated with dental caries.
How Do I Know If I Have Cavities?
Cavities may be “silent” at first and appear as black, brown, white or pale/yellow stains. They may also appear in difficult to see spots such as back molars or surfaces between teeth. “Noisy” signs of dental cavities include toothache without any apparent reason, tooth sensitivity, or pain when eating or drinking cold, hot or sweet food.
An examination of your mouth and x-rays of your teeth can determine whether you have cavities and if you do, what stage they are at. Regular dental checkups and good hygienic habits can prevent cavities or catch them very early.
I’ve Got Cavities. What Are My Treatment Options?
Although cavities or dental caries are common, they are both fixable and preventable. There are numerous treatment options available to you depending upon the stage of your dental cavity. They can vary from a simple filling (mild to moderate cases) to root canal and crown (nerve damage) to tooth extraction and replacement with a denture or implant (severe cases). Around 2% of the cavities reach the last stage.
Fillings are still one of the most common dental care services performed. You can have either composite (white or tooth-coloured) or amalgam (silver) fillings done in our office in Hamilton Stoney Creek. Each option one has their own unique advantages and disadvantages that our dental team can review with you. We can make a recommendation and will assist you in determining the type of filling that best fits your individual case as well as your specific wants and needs.
If you experiencing any of the cavity symptoms listed above or haven't had a dental examination conducted for a while, please
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to book an appointment with one of our dentists for a complete evaluation. Initial consultation is always FREE!