A Filling Helps You Avoid Toothaches

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When you have a cavity that isn’t treated in a timely manner, this could lead to tooth sensitivity and toothaches. But to prevent and ease discomfort, we can treat the cavity with a dental filling. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how placing a filling stops toothaches and protects your smile.

Tooth Decay and Aching Teeth

A cavity forms in the sensitive inner of layers of tooth structure known as dentin. Typically, the outer enamel prevents this from happening. However, poor oral hygiene could allow plaque buildup to form and weaken and erode the enamel to expose these sensitive inner layers. This could also happen when a tooth is chipped, cracked, or worn down by teeth grinding. The decay will grow in severity with time unless treated, and could lead to sensitivity, aching teeth, and even infection without attention. When you notice discomfort in your tooth that doesn’t pass after a few hours, let us know. We can examine the teeth with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to see if you need a filling.

Creating a Dental Restoration

Our team will assess the cause and severity of the cavity and if a filling is right for your tooth, we will numb it and remove all decay. We then clean the tooth and may etch the surface too. The filling material is then prepared and placed onto the tooth. We don’t use metal, instead we opt for a composite resin that is safe for all ages. Made of quartz-like and acrylic-like particles, this can be shaded to blend with your tooth. We will sculpt your tooth as the material cures to ensure a lifelike appearance and a properly balanced bite. The tooth is then polished for a brighter appearance and a smoother finish. In one visit, we use a filling to bring relief and protect your tooth!

Taking Preventive Actions  

To keep cavities at bay and protect your teeth from discomfort, you need to take preventive actions. For example, be sure you brush for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and again at night, and then floss every evening before going to bed. These actions remove food and drink particles to limit plaque. You can also help by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks too. Finally, make time to see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months too, so we can watch for the earliest signs of decay and remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth!

Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating Cavities

Our team wants to help you enjoy a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile. For more information on treating the sources of your aching teeth, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.