Decay, or the dental cavity, is the number one oral health issue in children and adults across the globe, asserts the World Health Organization. Most often the result of weakened enamel or poor oral hygiene, cavities can lead to a dental abscess, or infection, and even to tooth loss.
What's the usual treatment? Fillings help make your teeth strong again after being attacked by dental decay. Dr. John Isbrandt, your St. Charles, IL dentist, diagnoses tooth decay with careful inspection of tooth surfaces, and digital x-rays as needed. He offers the latest in restorative dentistry to bring tooth structure back to full health and great appearance.
What Causes a Cavity?
The human mouth teems with a particular kind of bacteria that thrives on food residues leftover on teeth and in interdental spaces after meals. Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing, as recommended by the American Dental Association, removes much of that sticky biofilm, or plaque.
However, even the most diligent of toothbrushers and flossers miss some plaque. So, twice yearly professional cleanings with Dr. Isbrandt and his staff remove hidden plaque, hard tartar and the bacteria that live in the mouth.
Sometimes, these oral microorganisms have secreted enough enamel-etching acid to damage teeth. That's when cavities form. If decay goes deep enough, the soft pulp in the inner chambers, or root canals, may infect, necessitating endodontic, or root canal, therapy.
Options for Restoring Decay
Metal, or amalgam, fillings have restored cavities for generations. Strong, but dark and unattractive in appearance, amalgam fillings repair damaged teeth and last for many years.
In recent decades, however, the tooth-colored, or composite resin, filling, has become more popular. Unlike its amalgam counterpart, the tooth-colored filling looks good anywhere in the mouth because it is:
- bonded right to existing tooth structure
- wonderfully natural-looking and color-matched to tooth enamel
- smooth and reflects light just like the real thing
Additionally, composite resin, a unique combination of glass and acrylic, flows smoothly into the area prepared for filling. Your St. Charles, IL dentist etches the tooth surface with a special primer and adds the composite resin layer by layer, hardening it with a curing light. The result is a highly durable bond that withstands the constant physical forces of biting, chewing and speaking.
Composite resin also has applications in cosmetic dentistry as it fills gaps, repairs cracks and chips and smooths mildly overcrowded teeth. With good hygiene and avoiding hard foods such as peanut brittle, bonding and tooth-colored fillings stay intact for years.
Improve Your Smile
If you fall prey to dental decay, don't worry. Dr. John Isbrandt, St. Charles, IL dentist, has the resources and expertise to fully restore your smile. Call the office today to make an appointment: (630) 584-8787.