Cavity Treatment and Fillings

Cavities are the most common dental problem we treat. Chances are, at some point in your life, you will develop this potentially painful condition that, when treated early, can be easily addressed in one visit. If cavities aren't treated, they get larger and affect deeper layers of your teeth.

Tooth with filling for a cavity

They can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss.Visiting our Payson, AZ dental office for regular visits is essential because catching cavities before they become painful makes treating them much easier. The good news is you can not only treat existing cavities quickly and easily in one visit, you can also prevent future cavities by making regular visits to Anderson Dental and practicing good oral hygiene.

If you are experiencing pain in your mouth - or if you have a tooth filling that fell out — contact the Payson, Arizona dentists at Anderson Dental.

How Cavities Occur

Enamel is the hard coating that protects teeth from decay. Fluoride, the active substance in toothpaste that is sometimes added to water, helps keep enamel strong, as does regular brushing and flossing. Bacteria attack the tooth when the enamel is damaged or worn down, decaying the tooth and forming a hole or cavity. Untreated cavities grow larger over time and can be painful or worse if left untreated. They frequently occur in children who haven't yet mastered oral hygiene as well as adults whose enamel has weakened over time.

Symptoms and Treatment for Cavities

Certain symptoms make identifying a cavity easier. If you suffer from a toothache or pain around the tooth, pain when you eat something hot, cold or sweet, or it hurts when you bite down, you may have a cavity. Other obvious symptoms include seeing pus around the tooth.

Composite Tooth Fillings

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.

If you are suffering from a toothache or haven’t visited the dentist in over six months, schedule an appointment at Anderson Dental of Payson, AZ right away .