When you develop a cavity, treatment is crucial for avoiding complications, such as pain or infection. In order to offer a natural looking solution to decay, we may suggest a composite resin dental filling. How does a filling blend with your smile and when should you schedule a visit with your Richfield, MN, dentist to discuss treatment?
Signs of Cavities
How do you know if you have a cavity? Well, if you attend your routine six-month visits, then we will identify decay in the early stages, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you have one until the more advanced stages, in which tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks and persistent toothaches become more common. If you have pain and sensitivity in your tooth that doesn’t subside after a day, then let us know right away. We will perform an exam to see if you have a cavity that requires treatment.
The Lifelike Composite Filling
Our composite resin fillings are metal-free, made from a blend of acrylic and quartz particles. The restoration is safe for people of all ages, including young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with metal allergies. We even shade the material to better match surrounding tooth structure, offering an esthetically-pleasing restoration. The process begins with the removal of the decay from the tooth We then clean the tooth and in some cases, gently etch the surface as well. We then place the prepared composite resin onto the tooth and shape it as the material cures under a light. We complete the procedure with a polishing, which helps brighten the tooth. In one visit, we have the ability to restore your smile.
Preventing Future Cavities
You have the ability to help reduce the risk of future cavities. With routine homecare, you limit how much plaque can form on your teeth. With regular six-month visits, you allow us to monitor your smile and remove plaque buildup, safeguarding your teeth. Your homecare routine should include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as this strengthens your outer tooth enamel. You also need to floss every night before going to bed, which removes the bits of food the toothbrush could not. Cutting back on sugary food and drinks could also be beneficial. If you have any questions about preventing future cavities or placing dental fillings, then contact our team today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
If you have a cavity, don’t worry, we have lifelike and dependable solutions. To learn more about our lifelike dental restorations, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.