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You may have a small cavity and think it’s no problem to let it slide a while, but treating cavities early can help ward of potentially serious problems in the future. Read today’s blog about why getting restorations early is beneficial to you, saving time, money, and your teeth!

Tooth Decay’s Origins

Tooth decay can sneak up on you, without even realizing it, since small cavities don’t cause pain and discomfort. Sticky plaque develops on your teeth and uses the sugar in food to create acids. The strong acid then slowly softens and then dissolves the hard enamel covering. When the decay goes untreated, it will begin to infiltrate through all your tooth layers, creating holes in your teeth.

Tooth Decay Restorations

Once a cavity begins to cause discomfort and pain, it could mean the pulp of the tooth is affected and to save it, Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh may need to perform a root canal. To prevent a more invasive procedure, it is best to treat small cavities with dental restorations. Our dentist can provide you with options that most likely includes getting a dental filling to eliminate the decay and seal the tooth, protecting it from further damage. At Dr. Ellie's Gentle Dentistry, we offer options. Amalgam fillings typically lasts longer, while composites are designed to match with your natural teeth, so as not to compromise your smile.

Early cavity treatment can benefit a patient, since dental X-rays are typically used to detect a cavity, even when it’s a very small one. When you get a dental restoration at Dr. Ellie's Gentle Dentistry, you save time and money, and ward off discomfort, pain, and possibly even root canals and extractions. If it’s been sometime since you’ve been to the dentist for a checkup, this would be a perfect time! Contact us for an appointment, to ensure dental fillings in San Diego, California, aren’t in your future. You can reach us at 619-542-1800.