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Here at Centre Mall Dental in Hamilton ON, we can provide you and your loved ones with durable, attractive fillings to help you get many more years of pain-free service from your teeth. Even if you practice scrupulous dental hygiene and avoids foods that erode your tooth enamel, it's still possible to get a cavity -- and that little hole can lead to big dental problems. The time-honored remedy for cavity repair is to seal those cavities with dental fillings.
A cavity is a breach in the layer of enamel that protects your inner tooth structures from disease and damage. They're initiated by the same threat responsible for so many cases of gum disease -- plaque, a sticky substance made by combining saliva with leftover food particles. Bacteria use these concentrations of plaque as a food source, in the process producing acids that remain on those spots long enough to make holes in the tooth enamel. These holes may get larger and deeper over time until the pulp of the tooth is exposed to infection, potentially causing toothaches and abscesses.
A variety of factors can make you vulnerable to cavities, even if you brush and floss regularly. A dry mouth, for instance, can reduce the antibacterial protection offered by saliva. A sugary/acidic diet, untreated acid reflux, receding gums and appliances such as braces can also make the enamel more vulnerable to cavities. Children who love their sweets and haven't mastered their dental hygiene practices are especially cavity prone. But whatever the cause of that cavity, you need to get it filled before the resulting dental infection forces root canal therapy or even extraction of the diseased tooth.
Fortunately, getting a filling is a quick, easy and painless procedure -- and your Hamilton dentist and Centre Mall Dental can make sure you have the best possible experience with the best possible result. If you have a dental phobia, you can always receive sedation beforehand to help you relax. An anesthetic is then injected to numb the tooth. Your dentist will use a precision instrument to remove decayed enamel on and around the cavity before filling it with a material that hardens quickly into a strong protective barrier.
If you want a choice of dental fillings in Hamilton ON, Centre Mall Dental is happy to oblige. The standard metallic amalgam filling is a durable and cost-effective material that poses none of the dangers of mercury. If you prefer a little more "flair," you can get silver or gold fillings. If you want a completely natural look, we can provide white fillings made from composite resins.
Don't let a cavity make a hole in your dental health. If you need fillings in Mississauga, Oakville or Hamilton ON, call us today at 905-545-8521 for an appointment!