Treating (And Preventing) Tooth Decay

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Tooth decay is a concern that impacts kids and adults alike, and requires care to avoid worsening pain or even the onset of dental infection. To treat tooth decay, our team can place a dental filling, one that looks natural. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our composite resin dental fillings.

The Causes of a Cavity

A cavity develops when the outer enamel no longer keeps harmful oral bacteria from reaching the sensitive inner structures. For some, this could be caused by injury to teeth grinding, which could compromise the outer enamel. In most cases, a lack of proper oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar and starch can create layers of plaque buildup which then erode the outer enamel to expose dentin to bacteria, allowing cavities to form. The decay will grow with time, and could lead to infection without the placement of a dental filling.

Signs to Watch For

If you attend six-month checkup and cleaning visits, then we will likely identify the decay in the early stages, before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need help until your tooth begins to hurt when you eat or drink, or a toothache develops that doesn’t subside with time. When this happens see us right away. Using digital x-rays, we will identify the position and severity of your decay, and then plan the placement of a filling to save your tooth from infection or tooth loss. To help prevent cavities, be sure you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and for two minutes each session. You should floss each evening, and also cut back on how much sugar and starch you consume.

The Dental Filling

In one visit, we can place a filling to safeguard your tooth from a cavity. To begin, we will numb the tooth with a local anesthetic, and then gently remove all decay and clean the tooth too. We may etch the outer surface as well. We then respond and place the metal-free composite resin, which we shade to blend with your tooth. We then shape the tooth as the composite resin cures beneath a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance and a smoother surface. In one visit, a filling can treat your cavity and ensure lifelike results, so you never hesitate to show off your smile.

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat cavities, then contact our team today to learn more.

Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Treating Cavities

Our team is eager to help you enjoy a whole and comfortable smile. For more information on our restorative treatment options, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.