If you have a cavity, then you should seek treatment. Otherwise, serious complications could soon arise. In today’s blog, we’re looking at what our Independence, MO, team can do to treat cavities and offer natural looking restorations. When does your smile need a tooth-colored filling? What does placing them involve?
What Makes a Cavity Such a Concern?
A cavity is a hole that forms in your tooth, caused by harmful bacteria reaching the inner, porous layers of dentin. Typically, your outer tooth enamel protects your smile from a cavity, but should poor oral hygiene weaken and erode enamel, or a chip or fracture damage the tooth, then bacteria enjoys a direct path to the dentin. As the decay grows and spreads, you may begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a toothache that doesn’t subside. Eventually, the tooth could become infected, leading to serious pain and in some cases, the risk of losing the tooth altogether.
Placing Your Lifelike Filling
Be sure you attend routine six-month checkups and cleanings, so we can monitor your smile and watch for the earliest signs of a cavity. We may be able to treat the issue before you experience discomfort. If you begin to encounter aches or sensitivity, let us know right away. If we find a cavity, we will remove the decay from the tooth and then clean it thoroughly. Next, we prepare the metal-free filling material. Made from a blend of glass and acrylic particles, composite resin can be shaded to match the color of your teeth and blend with your smile. We apply the material to the tooth and then shade the tooth as we cure it under a light. We complete the procedure by polishing your newly repaired tooth. In one visit, we can stop tooth decay and protect your smile!
Preventing Future Cases of Tooth Decay
What should you do to limit your risk of cavities in the future? First, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which leave behind particles to feed harmful bacteria, increasing plaque buildup and the risk of cavities forming. Make time to brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes before bed and again when you wake up, and always floss before going to sleep. You also need to see us every six moths for a checkup and to have your teeth cleaned, which removes all plaque from your smile.
Does Your Tooth Ache or Feel Sensitive?
If you have pain in your smile, you could have a tooth in need of a restoration. For more information on treating cavities, then 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 Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.