Cavities are the most common and most preventable dental problem in the country today, occurring when residual sugars in the mouth are converted into acids which attack the enamel on the outside of teeth. As the acid eats its way through this protective layer, it exposes the delicate nerve center of the tooth. In order to correct a cavity, part of the damaged tooth is prepared and the hole is filled with a strong tooth-colored filling material. No silver mercury filling material is ever used in this office. Talk to Dr. Ridge today about the most effective ways to both fix cavities now and prevent them in the future.