Dental fillings can repair the damage done to a tooth by bacteria. But just how important are they? And what happens if a dental filling is not placed? Get the answers to these questions and more below as your Austin TX dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, discusses the important role dental fillings play in restoring oral health.
Bacteria and Teeth
It is sometimes hard to believe that microscopic bacteria are able to damage our teeth. Nonetheless, they are, and the damage they can inflict upon teeth can be quite dramatic. When harmful bacteria feed on sugar in the mouth, they produce an acid byproduct with the ability to rob teeth of their enamel. These bacteria are also able to attach themselves to teeth in the forms of plaque and tartar. Once adhered to teeth, the damage done by the bacteria is concentrated in one area, and a cavity can form.
Cavities and Dental Fillings
Cavities weaken teeth structurally, and in some cases if the cavity is significant enough, the tooth may be in danger of suffering structural damage, necessitating a dental crown. However, the threat from a cavity can become even worse if it does not receive treatment. If the cavity is not filled, the bacteria responsible for it can burrow even deeper into the tooth, and eventually they can reach the tooth’s pulp. Once inside the pulp, the bacteria can cause an infection capable of killing the tooth. Without intervention in the form of root canal treatment, it is likely that the tooth will die, and when it does, there is no guarantee that the infection will not spread into the jaw or throughout the mouth.
Schedule a Visit with Your Austin TX Dentist
Dental fillings play an important role in repairing and protecting teeth, so if you require a dental filling don’t neglect the treatment you need. Contact your Austin TX dentist to discuss your treatment options today. You can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Van Wicklen by calling 512-448-3131. Located in the 78704 area, we proudly serve the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, and all surrounding communities.