Dental fissure fillings, Medically accurate 3D illustration

How does a cavity occur?

A cavity occurs when bacteria or acids start to dissolve a tooth’s outer protective layer, the enamel. A tooth can become discolored or painful when the tooth decay breaks through the enamel to the underlying layers of the tooth. If our dentist diagnoses a cavity, the treatment plan to prevent the cavity from getting bigger and causing pain, is a dental filling.

How is a cavity treated?

Treatment depends on how much the cavity has progressed. Most often, the dentist helps the tooth and surrounding tissue to go to sleep then removes the decayed portion of the tooth. The pediatric dentist then fills in the newly cleaned tooth with a filling made of a tooth colored composite resin.

If you have any questions about cavity treatments used in pediatric dentistry please do not hesitate to call us.