When you have a cavity in your smile, this could cause pain and lead to serious complications. That’s why we offer restorative treatment to protect the smile. In today’s blog, your Allen, TX, dentist talks about how we treat dental cavities with lifelike dental fillings, which can blend with your smile seamlessly.
When a Tooth Has a Cavity
Have you noticed a toothache, or sensitivity when you eat and drink, that has lasted for more than a day? If so, this could be a warning sign of a cavity! Tooth decay forms when the sensitive inner layers of dentin are exposed to bacteria, which could happen when poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup erode the enamel, or if injury or teeth grinding compromises this protective layer. The decay will spread with time, eventually causing an infection or abscess, which could threaten the tooth’s stability. When you experience persistent pain in your tooth, you should let us know right away.
A dental filling helps fill the open space in your tooth, protecting it from decay and putting a stop to aches and sensitivity. At one time metal was the most common material used, but we opt for a more lifelike option that is friendly for people of all ages. Composite resin blends glass-like and acrylic particles, and is safe for kids and adults. This material can also be shaded to blend with the tooth and offer a lifelike appearance. We can also use the same material in our cosmetic treatments to rebuild damaged portions of a tooth or hide teeth stains, a procedure known as dental bonding.
Placement and Prevention
Treating tooth decay prevents infection and worsening pain. When we examine your smile, we will assess the cause and severity of your cavity. If a filling is necessary, we will numb the tooth with a local anesthetic and gently remove all decay. We then clean the tooth, prepare the composite resin, and apply the material. As the composite resin cures under a light, we will sculpt and mold the tooth, finally polishing it for a brighter appearance. The entire process only takes one visit, and helps you enjoy optimal oral health again. You can then prevent future cavities with better brushing and flossing habits, checkup and cleaning appointments, and a diet lower in sugar and starch.
If you have any questions about our natural-looking dental fillings, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Allen, TX Dentist About Restorative Dentistry
Our team wants to help repair cases of tooth decay that could threaten a tooth. If you want to know more about treating a decayed tooth, or if you are ready to book an appointment, contact your Allen, TX, dentist, Dr. Torrens-Parker, by calling 469-342-6644.