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3 Ways Fillings Stabilize Your Teeth after a Cavity

January 29, 2018
Posted By: NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry
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Dental decay is one of the most common diseases in adults and children. While it is preventable, today’s sugary diets combined with inadequate dental care still means that most people will need a filling in our Gretna, LA dental office at some point during their lives.

Dental fillings stabilize your teeth in a few ways.

Fillings Stop Decay in Its Tracks

When you choose not to treat dental decay, it will continue to break down the tooth. Decay does not heal on its own and will not go away without professional dental treatment.

Dr. Russell Schafer will remove all signs of decay and sterilize the tooth before placing a dental filling. Of course, you will need to maintain good oral health in between dental cleanings or secondary decay can occur around the margins of your new filling.

Fillings Seal the Tooth

Removing decay is not enough to protect your tooth. Dental fillings seal the tooth and replace the enamel that the decay destroyed. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and is the barrier to keep out food and bacteria. Once a cavity occurs, the enamel is breached and the dentin exposed.

Placing a filling will help keep bacteria out of your tooth.

Fillings Restore the Chewing Surface

If decay is big enough, it will affect the shape of your bite and alter its function. That may not seem like a big deal, but the teeth are very sensitive to pressure, and even small changes can make it painful or awkward to chew. 

Dental fillings in our Gretna, LA dental practice will match the natural look of teeth and protect the bite. The final step of every filling procedure is making sure that your dentistry and natural teeth work in harmony.

Contact us to book your next dental appointment. We are here to help you have a healthy, beautiful smile.

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