No one likes to hear that they need a filling! But in our office, we have a comfortable and natural way to restore your damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we treat cavities with metal-free dental fillings.
What Causes Cavities?
A cavity forms when the acid from cavity-causing bacteria begins to break down the tooth structure. Once the decay has eaten through the protective enamel layer it must be treated quickly. Formerly, decay was filled with an amalgam metal filling. These fillings had a problem with shrinking and leaking due to the inability to fully bond to the tooth. With advancing technology strong composite resin material was developed to securely bond with the enamel.
What to Expect During a Filling
A dental filling can be intimidating! At your visit, we will ensure your comfort by offering nitrous oxide, numbing, and other items of comfort to ensure you are at ease. After the dentist numbs your tooth, the decay will be removed from the tooth structure. Then, the carefully matched filling material will be placed in the cleaned-out space. Blue light is then used to harden and bond the natural-looking composite resin to your tooth. After this, the dentist will make sure the material is smooth and comfortable to bite on.
Did you know cavities can be corrected in their earliest stages? We can provide fluoride treatments to stop cavities in their tracks! See us early enough and we can save you from needing a filling. Sealants can also be placed in the deep vulnerable grooves of your teeth. Pits and fissures in the posterior teeth are very hard to keep clean so they are quite prone to staining and decay. With a simple plastic-type seal placed in the grooves, you can preserve more of your natural teeth. Most importantly, don’t forget to see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months, so we can keep an eye out for decay, recommend helpful products, and also remove all plaque and tartar to protect the smile.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Life-Like Fillings
Our team wants to treat your decay efficiently with your comfort and long-term oral health in mind. For more information on providing natural-looking treatment for cavities, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Stephens, by calling (281) 592-1234.