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 other damage to the tooth.

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How Our Experienced Doctors Treat Cavities

Dr. Vargas and the team treat cavities with fillings, crowns, and root canals. Crowns and root canals are necessary for more advanced cavities, while fillings are the most common and least invasive.

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:

  1. First, the doctor will administer a local anesthetic and/or laughing gas
  2. Then, we’ll drill away the decay
  3. The doctor 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.

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