Why Do I Need a Filling from Santa Barbara Family Dentistry?
A tooth with dental decay is at risk of an infection, which can result in the need for root canal therapy or even an extraction.
Your Santa Maria dentist’s goal is to help you retain all your teeth for a lifetime. To that end, they recommend regular check-ups so they can monitor your teeth for decay. The earlier they find the decay, the better. It’s preferable to treat a small cavity than it is to repair a large one. A tooth with severe decay is highly compromised, and a filling might not give the tooth the structure and support it needs to withstand bite pressure and acids from the foods and beverages we consume.
That being said, even if it’s been a while since your last dental visit and you have a large cavity, there is a good chance we can restore the tooth with a composite filling.