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Dental Fillings for Cavities in Chicago

A dental cavity can have many causes, but the most common is damage caused by decay. Dental decay begins when bacteria from food and beverages sits on our teeth long enough to begin the demineralization process. The outermost layers of our teeth, the enamel, are deconstructed over time. This exposes the dentin and eventually the tooth pulp. Left unchecked, this can lead to infection within the tooth. In the old days, if a tooth was infected all the way down to the root, the only choice was a tooth extraction. Luckily, there are many different ways to prevent that and save the tooth. One solution is a dental filling. A dental filling is done when the decayed section of the tooth is removed and the left over gap is then filled with a synthetic material. This protects the tooth from further decay and can stop the decay from spreading either deeper into the original tooth or into the nearby teeth. If you need a dental filling, need a routine checkup, or notice something is wrong with an existing filling, we can help. With our five dental offices in the Chicago area, we provide great dental services! 

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

Brushing/Flossing

It cannot go without saying how important it is to brush and floss every day. We recommend that everyone brushes at least twice per day and flosses at least once per day to make sure you prevent bacteria from harming your teeth.

Regular Visits

While brushing and flossing are some of the best "at-home" solutions to dental decay, nothing replaces the benefits you will get at a dental office. It is recommended everyone sees the dentist twice a year to get preventative care and protection.

Diet/Habits

Aside from good oral habits there are some other ways you can protect your teeth. Avoid eating foods high in sugar or with high acidity. Avoid smoking and any habits that could damage your teeth like chewing on ice cubes.

What Are Dental Fillings Made Of?

At All Star Dental, patients and their dentists have a variety of excellent choices when it comes to the dental restoration, or filling, of worn, damaged or decayed teeth.

We can use the proven, traditional materials, such as gold, base metal alloys and dental amalgam, which have the strength and durability that make them useful for situations such as dental fillings in the back teeth, where they’re basically out of sight and where chewing forces are greatest.

Or we can choose one of the newer composite types, and this lets you factor in such variables as color, performance, durability, longevity and cost.

Your All Star Dental professional will be happy to discuss the options open to you, and together we can decide on the kind of dental filling material that will be best for you.

Dental Services For Families in Chicago

Here at All Star Dental it is our goal to protect your kid’s teeth. We provide preventative and restorative care at all five of our dental offices. Of course, we always want to prevent problems from happening in the first place. By seeing your dentist twice every year, you are never giving bacteria and plaque more than six months. The damage done by bacteria happens over time, so seeing a dentist twice a year is often the difference between the early signs of decay, a cavity or even a root canal. Seeing your dentist provides two key benefits. Your teeth are examined for any signs of problems and your teeth are cleaned and protected to make it easier for your mouth to fight infection. 

Aside from providing preventative care like fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and exams, we also provide a variety of restorative services including dental crowns and dental bridges. If you have questions about any of our services or about payment options, please give us a call or click below to schedule an appointment with our team. 

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