Does Your Smile Need A Filling?

richfield dental fillingsIf you have an aching tooth, then this could mean the possible presence of a cavity. Without treatment, this cavity could lead to infection and even a greater risk of tooth loss! Fortunately, your Richfield, MN, dentist can help your smile by placing a lifelike and durable composite resin dental filling.

Warning Signs of Tooth Decay

How do you know if you have a cavity? Warning signs often include tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day rot wo. At this stage, the decay is likely pretty advanced and lack of attention could mean a dental infection and worsening pain. For some, the risk of tooth loss increases too. Cavities could be brought on by factors that weaken outer enamel, like plaque buildup brought on by diets high in sugar and improved brushing and flossing. Lack of regular cleanings to remove the plaque could be a problem too!

Composite Resin

When you have an aching tooth, give us a call to arrange a visit. We will examine the tooth with digital x-rays to assess the position and severity of your decay. If a filling is right for you, we will numb the tooth and then gently remove all decay. We clean the tooth and may gently etch the outer surface. A composite resin is then applied in several layers, and sculpted as a special light cures it. This material is metal-free and safe for patients of all ages. We also color match it to blend with the rest of the smile seamlessly. The last step to polish it for a brighter appearance. The entire process requires only one sitting, and instantly brings relief and a lifelike appearance.

Preventing Tooth Decay

To help protect your smile moving forward, be sure you brush for two minutes in the morning and at a night, and that you use a fluoride toothpaste each time. Flossing every evening is necessary too, as this reaches what a toothbrush alone cannot. Be sure to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can watch for signs of trouble and remove all plaque and tartar too. Cutting back on foods and drinks high in sugar and starch is helpful too. If you have any questions about avoiding or treating a case of tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to keep your smile bright and healthy!

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?

Our team is ready to place a lifelike and durable dental restoration. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact your Richfield, MN, dentist, Dr. Keller, by calling (612) 861-7188.