If you’ve never had a cavity, you are something of a rarity among your Elmhurst neighbors and nationwide as well. According to the US Surgeon General’s Office, 78% of Americans will get a cavity by age 17. Avoiding an excess of sugar, as well as maintaining a regular brushing and flossing routine improve your odds, but even those aren’t absolutely guaranteed to protect you.
Fortunately, dentistry has a remedy for cavities: dental fillings.
A cavity is a spot of decay and breakdown of a tooth. A tooth filling seals the hole and eliminates the decay. If it’s not eliminated, the decay will advance until it reaches the sensitive nerve tissue at the center of the tooth. When this happens, the resulting pain can be severe, and you may need a root canal, a more drastic intervention than a simple cavity filling. So it’s important to get dental fillings if and when your dentist says you need them.