Progression of Decay
The process of tooth decay starts with plaque and bacteria building up on the tooth structure, creating acid. This acid begins to erode the hard protective coating on the tooth, also known as the enamel.
Once the acid breaks through the outside layer of the enamel, the decay spreads faster due to the softer nature of the underlying layer, called the dentin. If the decay is allowed to expand through the dentin it can penetrate the interior of the root, requiring additional procedures to remove the infected tissue.
A range of external damage can result from this decay as well, such as cracking or fractures, and can result in losing the tooth entirely. It is important to detect and address issues of tooth decay early in the process to prevent these consequences. Regular visits to Dr. Dyras or Dr. Hutcheson, good oral hygiene, and a proactive attitude towards your dental health will help minimize this risk.
White Fillings (Composite)
A small cavity, or hole in your tooth, can be repaired with a composite filling.
First, the decayed portion of your tooth is removed, leaving a small area that will be filled with composite.
Next, a bonding fluid is applied so that the filling will attach to the natural tooth structure. A curing light is used to set the bonding fluid.
Dr. Dyras or Dr. Hutcheson then fills the prepared area with composite material. We shape it to match the contours of your tooth surface. A special curing light is used to harden the composite.
Finally, Dr. Dyras or Dr. Hutcheson smooths and polishes the filling to match the rest of your tooth. Your tooth is now free of decay and restored to its natural strength and appearance.