Fillings

Dental Fillings in Palo Alto

About Tooth Cavities

The enamel which forms the surface of the tooth is the hardest substance in the human body, and it is harder than some metals including gold. It is not, however, indestructible. Tooth decay, which is also referred to as dental caries, is a common and widespread condition suffered by people of all ages and throughout every strata of society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 16.2 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 years of age suffer from untreated tooth cavities, an even greater number - 23.7 percent - of adults between 20 and 64 years of age have cavities.

Cause and Prevention of Tooth Cavities

Dental caries is the formation of tooth cavities which are the result of certain types of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth. These bacteria create acids in the presence of sugars and certain starches, and the acid gradually eats away at the tooth enamel. Proper tooth care including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, along with periodic trips to the dentist for a deeper cleaning, can prevent most or all tooth decay, but many people do not take care of their teeth at the level that they ought to and therefore require treatment of the problem.

At Nidhi A Pai DMD, our Palo Alto dentists use tooth-colored fillings to restore our patients' teeth as nearly as possible to optimum condition. For many years, standard practice was to use gold or other metals, but recent advances in dentistry have made it possible to employ specially prepared composites which securely fill the cavity and have a better cosmetic effect. For everyone who comes to our office for cavity fillings, from our pediatric dentistry patients to adults, we do everything we can to make the experience of drilling and filling the cavity as comfortable and painless as possible, which typically involves the application of local anesthetic to numb the sensation in the area being treated. Don't delay getting your cavity filled, as the progressive tooth decay could lead to infection and necessitate a crown or even an extraction.