Fillings for Cavities in Centuria, WI
Cavities and Their Culprits
Cavities are a result of tooth decay, eventually causing a hole in the tooth. If left untreated, the decay can eat away at deeper layers and result in greater damage, like destroying the whole tooth. Fortunately, cavities can be treated and prevented. Discover what causes cavities and how our team can help.
Causes for Cavities
- Poor oral hygiene – Improper brushing habits and overlooking different areas of your mouth can contribute to cavities.
- Plaque build up – The formation of plaque is due to the combination of bacteria, food particles, saliva, and acid — which causes holes in your teeth.
- Acid and bacteria – Bacterias are naturally present in your mouth. When the bacteria break down carbohydrates, acid forms.
- Certain foods and drinks – Carbohydrates leave a residue on your teeth, which remains there until we brush. Even after we brush, some of these particles are still present.
- Dry mouth – Saliva helps to decrease plaque buildup by washing it away.
- Other health conditions – Conditions such as chronic gastric reflux disease or bulimia cause acid to travel from the stomach into the mouth.
Patients may also require a tooth-colored filling due to cracks, fractures, wear and tear, or otherdamage to the tooth.
How Dr. Vargas Treats Cavities
Fillings prevent the cavity from further damaging the tooth by removing the decay and filling the tooth. The process only takes a few minutes and three short steps:
- First, Dr. Vargas will administer a local anesthetic and/or laughing gas.
- Then, we’ll drill away the decay.
- Dr. Vargas will fill the tooth
Although the most common types of fillings are amalgam and composite, the best filling option for you depends largely on your preference in color, and what your insurance will cover.
Call Today to Learn More
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity call our practice at (715) 646-2161 to see how we can help restore your tooth so you can be pain-free.
Or, leave us your information in the contact submission form and we’ll get right back to you. Dr. Vargas and our entire team at River Birth Dental can’t wait to meet you and help you on your journey to a pain-free smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have a cavity?
If you have a cavity, you may feel an increase in sensitivity in the affected area, Eating sweets, hot, or cold foods, in particular, may increase this sensitivity or cause a mild to sharp pain.
Holes or pits in teeth may be visible or the teeth may become discolored which may indicate a cavity.
Do dental fillings hurt?
No– the gums are numbed prior to beginning the procedure, and you’ll experience very little discomfort during the treatment. After the procedure, the pain you were experiencing from the cavity will also diminish.
You may have some sensitivity following the procedure. However, any sensitivity will be minimal and should go away within 48 hours.
How can I prevent a cavity?
In order to prevent a cavity, you’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and rinse between meals. In addition to following an oral hygiene routine, you’ll want to schedule biannual visits at our Centuria office for checkups and professional cleanings. This will ensure your mouth is free of plaque buildup which leads to tartar and eventually cavities. There are a few more guidelines that Dr. Vargas recommends. These include:
- Consider dental sealants (more common in children)
- Use oral care products containing fluoride
- Utilize fluoride treatments at our office
- Eat tooth-healthy foods containing, calcium, vitamin C, and phosphorus
- Avoid sugary foods and frequent snacking.
How much does a dental filling cost?
The price of a filling depends on your insurance coverage. We recommend checking with your provider prior to your appointment for specific information about coverage. If there are any questions we can answer, feel free to contact our office by calling (715) 646-2161, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of it.