When Does Your Tooth Need A Filling?

How do you know if you have a cavity? Well, if you experience pain and sensitivity in your tooth, then you may need treatment for a cavity or possibly even an infection. In today’s blog, we’re looking at when Richfield, MN, residents need to have a tooth filling, and what steps they can take to avoid the onset of future cavities.

The Causes of Tooth Decay

How does a dental cavity form? Well, first you need to understand the layers of your tooth. The outermost layer, the enamel, protects the smile from cavities and harmful bacteria. Beneath the enamel is the dentin, which makes up most of the tooth structure, a porous layer that is very sensitive and surrounding the inner pulp, the living tissues that keep the tooth functioning and healthy. A cavity forms when bacteria can bypass the enamel, typically as a result of injury or poor oral hygiene, and reach the dentin. Without treatment, the bacteria may reach the pulp as the decay continues to grow and spread, causing a serious infection. Waring signs often include tooth sensitivity and toothaches.

The Benefits of a Filling

If you have pain in your smile, let us know right away. If we uncover a cavity, we may treat the issue with a dental filling. We begin by removing all decay from the tooth and thoroughly cleaning it. Next, we prepare the composite resin material we use in the procedure. Metal-free and made from a mixture of glass and plastic compounds, this material can be shaded to match the color of the teeth and offers long-lasting restoration. We apply the material and as we cure it, we can shape the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth to offer a more natural appearance. The whole procedure only takes one visit to complete, safeguarding your smile against infection and pain.

Safeguarding Smiles All Summer Long

To avoid future cavities, try to cut back on the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Next, be sure you’re brushing your teeth for two minutes every morning and every evening. You also need to floss before going to bed every night. Don’t forget about us, be sure to schedule a checkup and cleaning so we can remove plaque and protect your teeth from tooth decay. If you have any questions about dental fillings, or about tooth decay in general, then please contact our team today.

Does Your Tooth Need Attention?

If you have pain in one or more of your teeth, then you may need treatment for a cavity or two. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.