The cavity is perhaps the most common dental ailment in Canada, even when compared to more generalized problems like tooth pain. If you think you might be experiencing a cavity in the Ottawa area, contact us today at Albert Street Dentistry. Our office staff can set up an appointment for you for an official checkup, diagnosis, and same-day treatment.
What Is a Cavity?
The tooth is composed of multiple layers designed to help the structure-function. The exterior layer is made of a hard material called enamel. Enamel protects the interior layer, which consists of soft pulp and nerves. A cavity is when there is a hole in the enamel which exposes the soft tissues inside the tissue.
Cavities can cause intense dental pain because the soft tissues are unaccustomed to being exposed and are susceptible to bacteria and decay. A thin film of bacteria called plaque is left behind in the mouth while eating and drinking. This plaque is what wears through the enamel and causes the cavity, and it can seep inside of the tooth and infect the soft tissues if left unchecked.
At Albert Street Dentistry and other restorative offices, the most popular form of cavity treatment is the standard filling.
A filling is a hard, nonporous substance inserted into a cavity. The substance is shaped and fitted to fill the hole in the dental enamel, protecting the soft pulp from being touched and irritated. High-quality fillings also seal the tooth so plaque cannot get inside and cause an infection.
Types of Fillings
Our dentist is capable of inserting different types of fillings, including inlays and onlays. These replace more of the dental enamel depending on how much has been lost to decay.
To better address the needs of our patients, we also offer fillings in a variety of materials. These include amalgam (silver), gold, composite resin, and porcelain. Each one has a different appearance and level of durability, allowing you to customize your treatment to suit your needs as an individual better.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can do so online or by phone.