If you neglect your oral hygiene, it can eventually result in tooth decay called a cavity. These cavities form when a film of bacteria called plaque eats some of the sugar you eat and makes acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.
You can do a lot to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth. If you brush thoroughly twice a day, clean between your teeth with either dental floss or a water flosser, avoid refined sugar, and eat a healthy diet, you can prevent many cavities that might have formed.
If you end up developing a cavity, our dentist, Dr. William Forero, can restore your tooth by patching it with a filling. Depending on how large the cavity is and where it is, he may recommend different materials for the filling, though the most commonly used is resin composite.
However, if the tooth decay is large, damages the nerves of the tooth, or if the tooth has a fracture, a filling won’t be enough. A dental crown is best for large areas of decay or minor fractures. If the nerve is damaged, a root canal may be necessary.
To learn more about your dental repair options, call William Forero DMD, PA in Coral Springs, Florida, today!