When you have a cavity in your smile, this could mean toothaches and even the onset of a painful infection! Which is why we want to treat your cavity with a lifelike and metal-free dental filling. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we offer natural-looking fillings with composite resin.
When a Cavity is Present
Tooth decay forms when the outer enamel is no longer able to protect the inner layers of dentin. Bacteria then reach the dentin and cause the cavity to form, which then grows and spreads throughout the tooth until treated. The causes could be poor oral hygiene, which allows plaque to erode enamel, or an injury that cracks or chips the tooth. Warning signs include tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a toothache as it grows more severe. Treatment is crucial, as an infection could eventually form that threatens the stability of the tooth.
Treatment with a Dental Filling
When we discover you have a cavity that needs treatment, we will begin with a local numbing agent. Next, we remove all decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean it. We may also etch the surfaces before we apply the composite resin material. This metal-free material can be shaded to blend with the tooth, and is safe for all ages. The material can last for years, and protects the tooth from further decay. We place the material in several layers, and then sculpt and mold the tooth as the composite resin cures underneath a special light. The last step is to polish the tooth for a brighter appearance and smoother finish! The entire process only takes one visit to complete.
You can also be proactive and take steps to avoid the onset of cavities. Fore example, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, or foods and snacks high in starch, as they leave behind particles to feel harmful bacteria. Be sure you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and do so for two minutes each time. You also need to floss every evening and make an appointment with our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or about treating them with a lifelike dental filling, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
When would like to help you enjoy lifelike dental restorations in only one visit. If you have any questions about addressing tooth decay, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.