You have noticed something different about your smile lately. It’s not big, but it is a distraction. 

You have a tell-tale black spot on one of your teeth. You have a cavity, and you don’t like it.

You thought you had put tooth decay behind you years ago. Yet, the evidence that it’s still there is right there for you to see.

It is time to take control of your situation. You need to call 978-288-1946 to make an appointment at Martins Dental Partners in Beverly, MA. Come to see us to get your tooth filling and get your smile back in shape.

This simple procedure can help you avoid more serious problems and more costly fixes down the line. Don’t wait to keep your smile looking its best. 

Be Proactive About Your Predicament

No one wants to have a cavity, but it happens to nearly everyone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 percent of people will have at least one cavity during their lives. Public health officials also report that around 1 in 4 adults has untreated tooth decay at any given time.

This is just to let you know that cavities are far more common than many people realize. Even so, you want to continue to do your part to prevent them by having a consistent oral hygiene routine. Keep brushing and flossing daily, and come to see us a few times each year for professional cleanings and exams.

When you do have signs of tooth decay, it is best to address it as soon as you are able. Plus, the advances in dental materials and technology mean you don’t have to settle for a metal filling. Today, you can get a composite filling instead. This kind of filling can restore both your ability to eat without pain while preserving the natural appearance of your teeth.

Getting a composite filling is simple. First, we remove the decay from your tooth. Then, we apply the composite material. This material can be shaded to match the natural color of your tooth. After it hardens, we can polish it, so it looks like a natural part of your smile. 

Avoid Bigger Problems

To some people, a cavity may not seem like a big deal. It doesn’t have to be if you take action to treat it. However, ignoring a cavity can quickly lead to other problems.

Here’s a brief explanation. Harmful bacteria live in your mouth. Generally, you can keep them under control with your oral care routine. Even so, sometimes those bacteria are able to multiply and form plaque. This creates an opportunity for decay to take hold your teeth.

As a tooth decays, you may notice that it is more sensitive to heat, cold, and sweets. If the decay persists, it can get through the tough enamel layer on the outside of a tooth and reach the softer layer of dentin on the inside.

At this point, you may not be able to fix your problem with a filling. Instead, you may need a crown to get your tooth back in shape.

Even so, many people allow the decay to remain untreated. If the decay gets through the dentin, it will reach the pulp chamber. This is the innermost part of your tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels. If this gets infected by bacteria, you can develop toothaches. These situations call for root canals to fix the problem.

Let Us Help You

You already know that ignoring a problem won’t make it disappear. Take action sooner rather than later when that problem is a cavity. Come to us for your tooth filling in Beverly, MA.

Call 978-288-1946 or contact us online to request an appointment at Martins Dental Partners.