Harmful bacteria on the tooth can lead to decay. Your dentist can remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the area. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down. Tooth colored fillings are made out of composite resin, which is durable and offers an aesthetically pleasing solution for a decayed tooth. This protects the tooth from infection and further decay.
When decay is left untreated, it can worsen, causing further infection and more severe pain. The infected tooth may eventually require a root canal or extraction.
You can decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases by:
▪ Avoid eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods and beverages
▪ Keeping up with regular professional cleanings
▪ Brushing your teeth twice a day
▪ Flossing daily
Contact our office for more information about brightening your smile or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rutledge today.