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If you neglect your oral hygiene, it can eventually result in tooth decay called a cavity. These cavities form when a film of bacteria called plaque eats some of the sugar you eat and makes acid that eats away at your tooth enamel.

You can do a lot to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth. If you brush thoroughly twice a day, clean between your teeth with either dental floss or a water flosser, avoid refined sugar, and eat a healthy diet, you can prevent many cavities that might have formed.

In the event that you develop one, Dr. Thomas Bell, our dentist, can fill it and repair the tooth with a dental filling. He might recommend different filling materials depending on where the cavity is and how severe it is. Resin composite is the most often used.

However, if the tooth decay is large, damages the nerves of the tooth, or if the tooth has a fracture, a filling won’t be enough. A dental crown is best for large areas of decay or minor fractures. If the nerve is damaged, a root canal may be necessary.

To learn more about your dental repair options, call Thomas Bell, DDS in La Grange, Illinois, today!