Cavity Treatment In Warrensburg And Oak Grove, MO
Protect Your Mouth From Cavities
Cavities are hollow spaces that form in the teeth due to the build-up of bacteria resulting in tooth decay. In order to maintain the integrity of your smile and protect your overall health, it’s essential to have your cavity treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, this minor problem can evolve into more serious conditions like periodontal disease and tooth loss, creating painful problems and expensive solutions.
At Ridgeview Family Dental, we provide effective cavity treatment to help get your oral health back on track and protect your smile from further decay.
The unique microbiome of our mouth is filled with healthy bacteria that work hard to break down food, deliver nutrients to the rest of our bodies, and protect us from foreign agents. When sugar and food are leftover for too long, it causes an imbalance and the growth of unhealthy bacteria.
Without consistent oral hygiene habits such as daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals, the bacteria are free to wreak havoc. They will form a sticky, film-like substance called plaque on the surfaces of the tooth. Implementing consistent habits can eliminate most of the plaque, but professional cleanings will ensure even the hard-to-reach spots are plaque-free.
If not addressed, the plaque will harden into calculus (tartar) which cannot be removed without special dental tools. The bacteria will then make their way through the protective layer of the tooth (enamel) and form hollow spaces in the teeth (cavities). Since the body cannot produce more enamel, you increase your chances of severe decay by letting plaque and tartar roam untreated.
Cavities may or may not be painful, but they do get progressively worse with time and can lead to the need for root canal therapy, tooth extraction, and even periodontal disease treatment. By scheduling biannual visits with Dr. Young, you can allow us to keep your mouth plaque-free and treat cavities before they progress into something more serious.
During your comprehensive dental examination, we’ll fully examine your teeth and administer x-rays to check for any signs of tooth decay. If we find any cavities, we’ll remove the decay with a thorough cleaning and fill the hollow space with a composite, tooth-colored resin. This process can be done in one appointment, and we ensure a painless experience for you by using a local anesthetic.
Placing a composite filling not only prevents the decay from progressing further but blends seamlessly with your smile as well. Many patients also prefer composite resin fillings for the following reasons:
- They are stronger and more durable than amalgam (silver) fillings
- More of your natural tooth is preserved
- The composite material bonds directly to your natural tooth
Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend a two-fold approach in keeping your teeth cavity-free: having a consistent at-home oral health routine combined with regular visits to our dental office. Maintaining your oral health by brushing twice a day, flossing before bed, and rinsing after meals can keep plaque at bay, and Dr. Young can ensure your teeth are plaque-free with thorough cleanings during your biannual appointments.
Fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns serve the same general purpose—to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Dr. Young will determine which of these treatments is best for you depending on the severity of your tooth decay and cavity.
Dental fillings are used on smaller cavities. The hollow spaces may be in the pits and fissures (grooves) of your teeth but have not reached the cusp (raised part of the tooth surface).
Inlays are used when the cavities are too large for a regular filling and the chewing surfaces are damaged.
Onlays are used when the decay has reached the cusp of your teeth.
Dental crowns are used when there has been substantial damage to the cusps of your teeth. It is also known as a dental cap as it covers the entire chewing surface of the tooth.
Leaving cavities untreated can seriously damage the strength, integrity, and health of your smile. At Ridgeview Family Dental, we’re committed to providing personalized care, helping restore your smile’s health and beauty. If you’d like to learn more about our cavity treatments or you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Young, give us a call at (660) 747-9117 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.