When a cavity forms, treatment will be required, otherwise a minor oral health issue could lead to serious infections and in some cases, the risk of tooth loss. To help Independence, MO, patients with decayed teeth, we often place a natural looking and metal-free dental filling. In one visit, we can restore the health and beauty of your smile.
Why Do Teeth Develop Cavities?
To prevent tooth decay, your teeth are coated in a thin layer of tooth enamel. The strongest substance in the human body, tooth enamel is meant to prevent injury, cavities, and infection. However, should you injure the tooth, causing a chip or fracture, then bacteria could reach the inner layers and cause a cavity. Likewise, poor oral hygiene could weaken and erode tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. As the cavity grows, you may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or toothaches that don’t subside. If you experience discomfort let us know. Treating the issue could prevent the onset of painful infections in the months that follow.
How Do You Create and Place Dental Fillings?
If we discover you have a cavity, we will remove the decay and then clean the tooth. Next, we prepare the composite resin material, which is a metal-free mixture of glass and acrylic. The material can be shaded to match your tooth. Once in place, we shape the tooth and cure the material under a light. Finally, we polish the restored tooth to ensure esthetic beauty. The entire procedure takes one sitting to complete, letting you enjoy better oral health in one visit.
Can I Prevent Further Cavities?
Yes! With proper steps, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay. First, cut back on sugary and starchy foods and drinks, as these items leave behind particles for bacteria to break down, a process that creates plaque and weakens the teeth. You also need to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Be sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste that contains fluoride. We also recommend flossing every night before bed. Twice a year, we suggest undergoing a checkup and cleaning, so we can catch cavities in the earliest stages and then remove all plaque buildup with a cleaning. If you have any questions about cavities or fillings, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have an Aching Teeth?
We would like to offer a lifelike solution to cavities for our patients. For more information on our natural looking dental restorations, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, and all surrounding communities.