How Do Cavities Form?

Everything that we eat and drink can have an impact on our oral health. Foods that are made with high levels of sugar, as well as highly acidic foods, can cause a great deal of damage to your teeth. When you eat sugary and acidic foods, they can combine with the bacteria in your mouth to create plaque that can eat away at the outer and inner layers of your teeth. If this plaque is not removed through brushing and teeth cleaning, it can decay your teeth, causing a cavity.

How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

Most cavities are small and occur between teeth where it is more difficult to brush and floss, which means that it is vital to have your teeth checked several times per year by a dentist. During your dental exam, your dentist will take X-rays and perform a thorough check for cavities and other dental problems. If you notice that you have a tooth (or teeth) that is sensitive to hot and cold food or drinks, it may be a sign that you have developed a cavity.

If you are worried that you may have a cavity, call Library Plaza Dental Center in Des Plaines today.


WHAT ARE COMPOSITE FILLINGS?

Composite fillings are also known as tooth-colored fillings and are considered a restoration procedure. At Library Plaza Dental Center, we use composite fillings to restore your tooth to its natural appearance after it has been damaged by a cavity.

Made of a ceramic and plastic compound, composite fillings chemically bond to your natural tooth and can be used to correct decay, chips, and otherwise broken teeth. No matter what caused your tooth decay or damage, if caught in time, we can use a filling to help restore your tooth.

When the filling composite adheres to your tooth, it preserves the natural position of your tooth and it prevents any further damage. You don’t have to worry about fillings ruining your perfect smile because, at Library Plaza Dental Center, we can use composite fillings to keep you smiling for years to come.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FILLINGS

CAN I GET A TOOTH-COLORED FILLING?

If your tooth is not so badly damaged that it needs to be removed or replaced, you can probably get a tooth-colored filling. Contact us to set up a consultation.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?

When you come in for your filling, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb your gums and surrounding teeth. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the damaged area will be drilled away and repaired with a tooth-colored filling. A resin will be placed on the filling and cured with a light. Your filing will then be shaped and polished until it looks and feels just like your natural tooth.

WHAT DOES AFTERCARE CONSIST OF?

Thanks to the curing process, you can go about your normal routine as soon as you leave our office. You may experience some sensitivity, but it should not last more than a few days. Keep brushing and flossing as normal to prevent more cavities.

When you need a dentist for normal dental care or a dental emergency, call us.