When a cavity forms, your tooth could begin to hurt and the risk of a serious infection could develop. To treat the cavity and safeguard your smile, then you may need a filling. Your Cleveland, TX, dentist can actually offer a lifelike filling using metal-free composite resin, which we tint to blend with your smile seamlessly.
The Causes of Tooth Decay
What causes a cavity to form? Decay forms in the sensitive inner dentin that makes up most of your tooth structure. This portion of your tooth is usually protected by a layer of powerful dental enamel. But poor oral hygiene habits, such as improper brushing and flossing, infrequent dental cleanings, or diets high in sugar, could cause plaque buildup. Plaque coats the teeth and erodes the outer enamel, exposing the dentin to harmful oral bacteria. Other causes include any injuries or teeth grinding episodes that wear down or damage the outer layer. People with a cavity may experience tooth sensitivity or a toothache that doesn’t pass after a day or two.
Creating a Tooth-Colored Dental Filling
When you have an aching tooth, please see us right away. We will carefully examine your smile with advanced digital technology. If we find a cavity, we will administer a numbing agent and then remove the decay from the tooth. Next, we prepare and place the filling material. Instead of metal, we use a composite resin that is made from glass and acrylic, and is shaded to match the tooth. We apply this in several layers, and then shape it as we cure the composite resin under a light. The final step is to polish the tooth. In one visit, we treat your cavity! You can then lower your risk with daily brushing and flossing, regular dental cleanings, and a healthier diet.
Did you know we also use the same material in a cosmetic treatment? With dental bonding, we apply composite resin to mask permanent teeth stains, close unsightly gaps between teeth, and repair minor damage. We also reshape the teeth as well! In fact, this could be used to help transform the appearance of your smile in only one visit! If you have any questions about how we treat cavities or offer cosmetic repair with a metal-free and color-matched material, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Offers Natural-Looking Fillings
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX is ready to tackle your tooth decay in only one visit with a cosmetic treatment option. To learn more about our custom and lifelike dental restorations, or about how to recognize the warning signs of tooth decay, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.