Cavities form in smiles of all ages, and can be the source of a minor ache, or eventually the cause of a major infection. Which means when you experience symptoms like toothaches, you should see us for treatment. Don’t worry, your Richfield, MN, dentist has a treatment option that blends with your smile!
What Happens When a Cavity Forms?
When we develop a cavity, this means a hole has formed in our teeth that allows bacteria to reach the sensitive inner tissues. We begin to develop tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, which can become more severe toothaches with time. Unless treated, a cavity could even mean a painful infection! The causes of cavities include injuries, as chips and cracks expose the inner dentin. Poor oral hygiene could also allow plaque to coat the teeth and weaken the outer tooth enamel, eroding and causing cavities to form.
Creating a Filling that Blends with Your Smile
Fortunately, we have a treatment that blend with the smile and is safe for people of all ages. Instead of metal, we will use composite resin. A blend of glass and acrylic, this material can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. The material is also safe for young children, the elderly, and those with metal allergies. We start by removing all decay from your tooth, and then cleaning the tooth. We next prepare and place the composite resin material. As we cure this material under a light, we shape and sculpt the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth for a bright and attractive appearance. The process only takes one visit, and helps restore health, comfort, and beauty to your smile once more!
Steps to Avoid Cavities
But what can you do lower your chances of developing a cavity at all? Well, consuming fewer sugary foods and beverages helps deprive bacteria of a meal, and when you brush and floss daily you also remove food particles bacteria could feed on. We suggest a visit every six months too, so we can remove all plaque and tartar, and examine your smile for the earliest warning signs of tooth decay. If you have any questions about treating cavities in one visit, or about how to avoid cavities, then contact our team today. We want to help our patients continue to enjoy strong and healthy smiles!
Your Richfield, MN Dentist’s Office Offers Restorative Dentistry
At our Richfield, MN dentist’s office, we want to offer treatment for a cavity that not only looks great, but helps protect your smile from infections or even tooth loss. To find out more about our approach to restorative dentistry, then please call Cedar West Family Dentistry at (612) 861-7188.