Cavities can usually be prevented with proper oral hygiene. However, sometimes things happen, and you may still face this common dental problem. If you have caries, your dentist may have recommended that you get these filled. This treatment can stop the spread of decay and improve your oral health. At Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, we are here to explain how fillings restore and repair your smile.
What To Expect During This Process
During your bi-annual dentist appointment, your dentist will be able to notice any signs of cavities that are forming or have formed. If caught early enough, early signs of decay can be reversed with good oral hygiene and fluoride. However, if the cavity cannot be reversed, a filling may be recommended.
A filling is made of composite resin – finely ground glass and porcelain particles – placed in the hole left behind from tooth decay. In the past, a silver material was used for this and stood out against your teeth. Today, with the materials used, we can match the filling with the color of your teeth. The material not only fixes the area’s appearance but also helps to restrengthen the enamel that is damaged from decay.
When you go to get a filling, the area will be numbed. This allows for the patient to be more comfortable during this procedure. The dentist will first clean out the area. By removing the damaged part of the tooth, the bacteria that causes cavities will no longer be able to spread to other parts of your tooth. Especially if the cavity is forming in between two teeth, it is important to get this filled because it can cause bacteria to cover the adjacent teeth. Once the area is cleaned out, the hole will be filled with composite resin material. Then, the area is polished so that the material fits with your bite. Once you have this treatment done, it should last for several years with proper care.
Ignoring A Cavity Can Harm Your Oral Health
A cavity that is allowed to spread can cause several problems if not cared for properly. If you have a cavity, you may be able to feel the change in texture of your tooth or possibly a hole forming in the area. This hole can continue growing if not stopped. You may also begin to experience discomfort near the area, sensitivity when eating or drinking foods, or sharp pains in the area. Once the decay spreads deep enough into the pulp, the only other solutions will be invasive procedures such as root canals or tooth extractions. A root canal is a common procedure that can restore a severely decayed tooth, but we want to prevent procedures when possible.
Schedule An Appointment Today!
A dental filling can prevent problems for you down the line. To schedule an appointment at Cleveland Family Dentistry, call our office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve the residents of Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, and all surrounding communities.