One of the most common dental procedures that nearly every patient gets in their life is to have cavities filled. When bacteria gather in the mouth, it can start causing decay in the enamel of the tooth. As small pockets of decay form, cavities can begin to cause more decay and can infect the soft center of a tooth if left unchecked.
Tooth fillings are the best method for stopping cavities in their tracks and preventing bacteria from spreading further. While metal alloy fillings were the easiest, cheapest and most often used material to fill cavities, advancements in the dental field now give us amazing tooth-colored composite fillings.
Filling a cavity when it is still small can save you a lot of money, pain, and hassle later. If left untreated a cavity can worsen and cause you to need a root canal treatment or even lead to the need to extract the tooth later. A cavity is a sign that your tooth needs help, so be sure to get the help it needs!