As we eat, bacteria from the foods we consume create acids that attack the teeth and can lead to decomposition of the tooth’s enamel—also called a cavity. Without treatment, this may result in destruction of the inner pulp of the tooth and a root canal. Often, the only way to know you have cavities is through detection during a routine dental exam, but sometimes the tooth may become painful or exhibit sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. If you begin to experience these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our doctor right away.
During your appointment, your dental concerns will be addressed and teeth evaluated with the help of CariVU™️ for advanced cavity detection, VELscope®️ for cancer detection and our 3M™️ digital scanner for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. If Dr. Mike Maroon finds that you do have a cavity, he can treat the tooth with a composite filling. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and offer the following advantages:
Because cavities typically exhibit no symptoms in early stages, your first line of defense against them is through daily care combined with routine cleanings at our practice. By regularly cleaning your teeth, we can prevent the buildup of bacteria altogether, protecting your enamel and thus avoiding the need for fillings entirely. However, once the enamel has begun to be worn away, your next line of defense is going to be a filling. In this case, Dr. Maroon will clean the bacteria from the infected area of your tooth before filling it with a composite filling that blends naturally into your smile.