When you have pain in your smile, this could mean you need care to avoid worsening discomfort or even the loss of your tooth! In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist wants to talk about how we identify cavities, and then offer a lifelike filling to bring relief and keep your smile whole and healthy.
Toothaches and Tooth Decay
The outermost layer of our teeth is the enamel, and it protects the inner layers from exposure to harmful bacteria, and prevents injury to our teeth. However, issues could arise that damage or weaken the layer, exposing the inner dentin to bacteria and allowing a cavity to form. As the decay spreads and grows, your tooth could eventually develop sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks, or a toothache that doesn’t subside with time. As the pain worsens, the risk of an infection or even a lost tooth increases. Which is why you need a filling to prevent infection and preserve your tooth!
Placing a Dental Filling
A dental filling is designed to fill the spaces left by decay, and to protect the tooth. To place one, we first examine the smile to make sure one is necessary. If so, we administer a numbing agent and then remove all decay from the teeth. We then prepare the composite resin filling material, which is metal-free and can be shaded to blend with your smile. Next, we shape the tooth and then cure the material under a light. We check the fit to make sure everything is balanced. In one visit, we stop your cavity and protect your tooth!
To stay free of tooth decay and toothaches, you should see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. We keep an eye on your smile for the earliest signs of trouble, and we also remove all plaque and tartar to prevent enamel erosion. You should also brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session, ad use a fluoride toothpaste each time too. You also need to floss every evening before bed, and try to cut back on sugar food and drinks, as the particles left behind feed harmful oral bacteria. If you have any questions about avoiding to onset of tooth decay, or about our lifelike dental restorations, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Provides Restorative Dentistry
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX wants to offer a natural looking and long-lasting dental restoration to keep your smile strong, comfortable, and healthy for years to come. To learn more about how we repair your smile and keep it strong, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.