Tooth decay can impact people of all ages, and without treatment, this could mean painful symptoms and even tooth loss. Which is why we want to offer treatment to preserve your smile. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we use our natural-looking dental fillings to treat cavities.
The Causes of a Cavity
How does a cavity happen? Each tooth is coated in enamel, a strong and durable material that protects the tooth from injury to tooth decay. However, poor oral hygiene habits, lack of proper brushing and flossing or infrequent dental cleanings, could enable the onset of plaque buildup. This bacterial byproduct then weakens and erodes enamel, so cavities can begin to form. Other factors include issues that injure a tooth, such as an accident or even teeth grinding. Warning signs include tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and we will assess the cause and severity before we recommend treatment!
How a Filling Helps
In most cases of tooth decay, our team will help by placing a dental filling in only one visit. The process involves first administering a local numbing agent to keep you comfortable. We then remove the decay and clean the tooth. The filling material, a metal-free bled of glass-like and acrylic materials, is then applied to the tooth. Known as composite resin, this can be shaded to blend with the rest of your tooth structure. Our team will sculpt and mold the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit to complete!
Taking a Preventive Approach
We would like to also make sure you know how to avoid cavities in the future. You can significantly lower your risk by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, and seeing us every six months for a checkup and to have your teeth cleaned, removing all plaque and tartar completely. At home, you can also limit plaque’s reach by brushing your teeth twice a day and using a fluoride toothpaste each time. Each session should take about two minutes. You can also floss every evening too, as the action of losing removes what a toothbrush cannot reach.
If you have any questions about preventing or treating a case of tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have an Aching Tooth?
Our team wants to help people avoid the onset of infections and other complications. If you have any questions about treating cavities in only one visit, 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.