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How Dental Fillings Work

Dental fillings are used to repair cavities and help keep your oral health in tip-top shape. However, many people don’t know how dental fillings work, or why they’re so frequently used to address cavities.

So let’s take a few minutes to discuss why Dr. Brett M. Barney uses fillings here at Desert Dental Group in Tucson, Arizona to fix your cavities.

Stop the cavities

The most important thing a dental filling does is stop the spread of a cavity, not only in the original tooth but from spreading to other teeth as well. By filling the cavity, Dr. Brett M. Barney removes the bacteria that caused the cavity in the first place and prevents any more bacteria from entering the cavity and causing more damage.

Restores the tooth

When you have a cavity, your tooth is likely causing you some significant pain. It’s also not very structurally sound. A filling restores the structural stability of your tooth and also eliminates the pain so the tooth can function and feel like it did before the cavity.

Cavities can be serious if you don’t address them as soon as possible. Instead of letting them lead to tooth decay, or even tooth death, you need to see us as soon as possible if you suspect you may have a cavity. This is also why regular dental appointments are critical, since they help identify cavities in their earliest stages.

If you need to contact us about cavities, call today at (520) 201-1717.