Cavities / Caries and tooth colored fillings

caries

What exactly is a dental cavity?  A dental cavity (also called dental caries) is when your tooth gets eaten.  It usually is the result of bacteria.  Bacteria likes to eat any left over food left on your teeth.  The bacteria’s waste tends to be acidic and eats away at teeth.  Often times cavities will be brown or black in color but that is not always the case.  Sometimes black spots on your teeth aren’t necessarily cavities either.  That is why it is important to brush your teeth after every meal.  Floss too!

This patient had cavities on his front teeth.  We were able to simply drill them out and fill them with tooth colored fillings.  In general there are two types of fillings, tooth colored composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings.  In this case these teeth are in the front and putting silver in there just wouldn’t look right.   People tend to prefer tooth colored fillings and that is what we use in our office.

If you have cavities or think you have cavities, give us a call.  We can help fix them for you.  Give us a call if you are in the Riverside area.  Even if you are in Corona CA or Moreno Valley CA we can help you too!

(Photos of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS.  Used with consent and permission of patient)