If you have a cavity, then you need treatment before your tooth decay turns into a serious infection or abscess. In order to help people in Richfield, MN, with aching, decayed teeth, we may offer a solution that only takes one visit to complete. Find out how we create and place our custom-made and metal-free dental fillings.
The Causes (and Symptoms) of Cavities
If you begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or if you notice a toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours, then you may have a cavity. Often, persistent aches and sensitivity could mean the presence of a cavity. Tooth decay forms when bacteria are allowed access to the layers of dentin that make up most of your tooth structure. Typically, the outer layer of enamel protects these sensitive porous layers, but if the enamel becomes damaged in an injury or weakened as a result of poor oral hygiene, a cavity can form. Over time, cavities will grow more severe until an infection or abscess forms.
Lifelike Tooth Fillings
A dental filling stops the decay and prevents the onset of an infection. The treatment also instantly halts tooth sensitivity and cavities. To begin, we need to remove all decay from the tooth and then thoroughly clean it. Next, we prepare the filling material. We use composite resin, a unique blend of glass and acrylic compounds, which is metal-free and can actually be shaded to match surrounding tooth structure. We apply the material and shape it as the composite resin cures under a light. The final step is to polish the tooth, offering a more lifelike appearance. The entire procedure takes one visit and helps safeguard your smile.
Protecting Your Smile
What steps can one take to avoid the onset of cavities completely? First, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, or foods with high amounts of starch, which feed harmful bacteria. Be sure to brush your teeth when you wake up and again before going to sleep, for two minutes each session. You should also floss before going to sleep as well. Every six months, try to see us for a checkup and cleaning. We will watch for the earliest indicators of a cavity, and then remove all plaque to protect your smile from further decay. If you have any questions about treating or preventing cavities, then contact our team today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
If you have a sore, aching tooth, then you may benefit from restorative care. To find out more about our options for treating smiles, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.