If you have a cavity, this could mean painful aches or sensitivity when you eat and drink. To bring relief and prevent further problems for your smile, you may need a filling. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will discuss how we use a dental filling to stop the spread of a cavity, and also an option that blends with your tooth.
The Presence of Tooth Decay
If you see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit, then our team will be able to identify the presence of a cavity in the earliest stages of demineralization, so you won’t even experience discomfort. However, if you don’t attend regular exams, then you may not know you have tooth decay until the issue reaches the later stages. At this point, you will notice your teeth feel sensitive when you eat and speak, or that painful aches could develop. The pain will worsen as the decay increases in severity, until your tooth becomes infected!
Silver vs. Composite Resin
If we uncover a cavity, or if you experience discomfort and let us know, then we may prescribe a filling to stop your cavity. For the teeth that must endure greater bite forces, we may use a silver option for greater strength and stability. If the decay is in the more front-facing teeth, then we will use composite resin. A blend of glass and acrylic particles, this option is metal-free and safe for all ages. The material can be color-matched to blend with your smile.
Placing Your Restoration
We start by administering a local anesthetic to ensure the area we’re treating is comfortable and numb. If you have dental anxiety, then our team could suggest dental sedation to help you enter a calm state with little to no memory of the procedure. We then remove all decay and thoroughly clean the tooth. We prepare and place the filling material, then shape it as the material is cured. We then polish the tooth, which provides a more lifelike restoration for those receiving composite resin. In one visit, we prevent infection and stop discomfort. If you have any questions about how we treat cavities, or if you would like to schedule your next checkup and cleaning visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Fillings?
Our team doesn’t want cavities to wreck your smile, which is why we offer dental restorations. If you want to learn more about our restorative procedures and when to seek treatment for issues like tooth decay, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.