When you have a cavity, this could cause sensitivity when you eat or drink, or persistent aches. Don’t ignore your cavity, instead talk to your Cleveland, TX, dentist about a possible solution. Instead of waiting for a cavity to become an infection, we could offer treatment with a natural-looking and durable dental filling, one designed to blend with your smile.
The Causes and Dangers of a Cavity
Cavities occur when harmful oral bacteria are able to make contact with the dentin, the sensitive material that makes up most of the tooth structure. The dentin is usually protected by the thin outer layer of enamel. But poor oral hygiene or injury could damage or erode the enamel, making the dentin vulnerable and exposed to tooth decay. Warning signs include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and without treatment this could cause an infection. A dental infection not only means worsening symptoms, but also the risk of losing your tooth altogether! Don’t let your cavity threaten the rest of your smile.
Treatment to Prevent Infection
We will first take a close look at your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral camera images. We then know how severe the decay is, and whether you need a filling or a crown. With a filling, we remove the decay and then clean the tooth. We apply composite resin, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic-like particles, in several layers. The material is shaded to blend with the rest of your tooth. We then sculpt and mold the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. If the issue is severe, we will create and place a crown which covers the entire visible portion of your tooth.
How Do I Avoid Tooth Decay?
To lower your risk of developing tooth decay, you should make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and then again before going to bed. Each session should involve the use of a fluoride toothpaste, which keeps enamel strong. Make sure you floss every evening too! Make time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning as well, so we can watch your smile for signs of trouble in the earliest stages. The cleaning helps by removing plaque and tartar, major factors in the erosion of the outer tooth enamel. If you have any questions, then give us a call!
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Restorations?
Instead of ignoring your cavity, why not see us for a single-visit and lifelike treatment? If you have questions about the process of restoring your aching tooth, 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.