Treating Tooth Decay With Tooth Fillings

If your tooth aches, then you may be experiencing the warning sign of a cavity. Treating this common oral health concern is vital for avoiding complications, which could include a painful dental infection. We treat cavities in Richfield, MN, using a lifelike restoration, one that we can place in just one visit. How does a filling treat tooth decay?

The Causes of Cavities

What causes a cavity to form in the first place? Well, our outer layer of tooth enamel is designed to protect the sensitive inner layers from coming into contact with harmful bacteria. However, when we don’t take care of our smiles, plaque buildup forms and erodes the enamel, leading to cavities. In addition, if you chip or crack a tooth, this also compromises the protective layer of enamel and allows tooth decay to form. People with cavities often report tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or toothaches that don’t subside, but instead worsen with time. Don’t ignore your discomfort, please let us know a soon as possible.

Dental Fillings and Other Solutions

In most cases, we use a filling to treat a cavity in one visit. The procedure begins with the removal of all decay from the tooth. We then thoroughly clean the tooth ad prepare the filling material. We often use composite resin, a metal-free mixture of glass and acrylic that mimics the appearance of tooth enamel. We apply the material in several layers and cure it under a light, shaping the tooth as it cures. We then polish the tooth, which helps create a more natural appearance.

If you have more substantial cases of tooth decay, or if a tooth becomes damaged, we may opt for a crown. The crown covers the visible portion of the tooth, offering a solution for cavities, infection, cracks or chips. We may create one using natural looking materials, such as ceramic.

Steps for Preventing a Cavity

Following treatment, you can make a few simple changes to your routine to limit your risk of a future cavity. For example, we recommend you cut back on sugary snacks and drinks, opting for water and fresh fruit and vegetables. Consider brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Also, make time to floss every night before going to bed. Finally, be sure to see us twice a year for an exam and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and remove plaque, protecting your smile.

Does Your Smile Need a Filling?

If you have an aching tooth and suffer from decay, then we may have a lifelike treatment. To learn more about our solutions for cavities and other oral health issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.