How Do Fillings Fix Cavities?

If you have decay, then you need to undergo treatment. Otherwise, what seems like a minor irritant can soon threaten the stability of your tooth. In order to repair a cavity, we often place a lifelike dental filling. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss when to see the dentist and how we place a natural looking dental filling.

The Causes and Warning Signs of Cavities

Tooth decay forms when the outer enamel becomes compromised, either via damage or poor oral hygiene. Bacteria can then bypass the enamel and reach the inner dentin, which is more sensitive. Decay forms, which continues to grow and can eventually lead to infection unless treated. Patients may initially notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Later, toothaches can form that last for more than 48 hours. If you experience persistent pain, then see us right away.

Placing a Filling

We begin by removing any decay and thoroughly cleaning the tooth. We then prepare the filling material. We use composite resin, which can be shaded to blend with the tooth. We apply the material and then shape the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more esthetically-pleasing appearance. The entire procedure takes one visit and protects your tooth from further pain.

Preventing Future Decay

We can also help you take steps to avoid future cavities. For example, you can see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. The checkup allows us to identify cavities in the earliest possible stages and treat it before you experience discomfort. A cleaning removes plaque, which would otherwise weaken the tooth enamel. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before going to bed. Finally, be sure you cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which promote plaque buildup.

Talk To Cedar West Family Dentistry About Fillings

At Cedar West Family Dentistry, we can repair a decayed tooth, often in one visit. Our practice can work with you to provide solutions to common oral health issues. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with us, call our family dental office in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.