When you have a cavity, this could eventually cause toothaches. But without treatment, this could mean a dental infection or even the loss of a tooth! Don’t let the stability of your smile suffer because of a cavity. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the dangers of ignoring a cavity and how we treat them with a dental filling.
The Causes of Cavities
Cavities form when harmful oral bacteria make contact with the dentin. The dentin makes up most of your tooth structure and is very sensitive, but is usually coated in a hard layer of outer enamel. But poor oral hygiene could allow plaque buildup to form on the teeth, which weakens and erodes the outer enamel. This exposes the dentin and allows decay to form. This could also occur due to teeth grinding or an injury to the teeth.
The Impact of Tooth Decay
When a cavity forms, it will continue to grow and spread with time. This could mean tooth sensitivity, toothaches, and eventually, the onset of a dental infection. An infected tooth ensures greater discomfort and could become lost without treatment. Don’t risk major discomfort or the potential loss of a tooth, talk to our team once you begin to experience persistent pain and discomfort.
Treatment with a Filling
We will sit you down and carefully examine your tooth with advanced technology. We can then identify the presence of cavities, and assess the severity too. If a filling is needed, we will numb the area around the tooth and then gently remove the decay from the tooth. Afterward, we clean the tooth thoroughly and then prepare the filling material. We apply the composite resin in several years. This material is metal-free and can be shaded to blend with the rest of the tooth structure. Composite is safe for all ages, and can be shaped and sculpted as it cures under a light. The last step is to polish the tooth thoroughly.
In one visit we can treat the cavity and restore your smile! To help lower the risk of tooth decay, you should be sure to brush and floss daily, cut back on sugary and starchy foods and sugary beverages, and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Ready to Treat Your Tooth Decay?
Our team wants to offer treatment for cavities to prevent painful infections. If you have any questions about our lifelike and durable dental restorations, 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.