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Tooth Decay / Cavities

Pinehurst NC Tooth Decay CavitiesCavities are the most common and most preventable dental problem in the country today, occurring when residual sugars in the mouth are converted into acids which attack the enamel on the outside of teeth. As the acid eats its way through this protective layer, it exposes the delicate nerve center of the tooth. Exposed nerves can cause extreme pain and sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure.

In order to correct a cavity, part of the damaged tooth is prepared and the hole is filled with a strong yet pliable substance. Fillings made of mercury, gold, and silver were popular for many years, but new advances in dental technology allow dentists to use composite resins or porcelain inlays and onlays. Unlike older and less attractive metal fillings, porcelain and resin fillings move with your tooth and offer better protection over a longer period of time. In addition to treating current cavities with these new procedures, more and more people are electing to replace their old fillings with new, cosmetically pleasing porcelain covers.

However, more important than cavity correction is cavity prevention. A healthy, low sugar diet and daily maintenance of brushing and flossing is essential for preventing cavities and gum disease. Regular dental visits are also imperative for long-term dental health. Talk to Dr. Ridge today about the most effective ways to both fix cavities now and prevent them in the future.

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