Tooth decay may seem like a minor oral health concern, but without treatment the issue may grow much worse. In order to treat cavities in Kansas City, MO, our dentist may recommend a dental filling. How does a tooth filling repair tooth decay and benefits do they offer? How do you know if you have a cavity that requires attention?
Do You Have a Tooth Decay?
A cavity occurs when harmful bacteria reach the inner dentin, a layer of tooth structure beneath the tooth enamel. Injury or poor oral hygiene could allow this to happen. As the cavity forms and grows, patients may begin to experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, as well as persistent toothaches. Don’t ignore discomfort, let us know right away. In addition, remember that by attending routine six-month checkups and cleanings, you give our team the chance to identify decay and other issues in the earliest stages, often before you even experience discomfort.
Creating Dental Fillings
In the past, a dental filling was created using amalgam. However, we now offer a tooth-colored and metal-free alternative using composite resin. Before placement, we shade the material to ensure it better blends with your smile. We will remove decay and then clean the tooth prior to placement. After we apply the composite resin, the dentist will shape the tooth as it cures under a light. Once cured, we polish the tooth, which offers a more lifelike appearance. In a single visit, we restore the health and appearance of your tooth, stopping discomfort and preventing complications.
Preventing Dental Infection
A cavity grows over time, eventually enabling the bacteria to move through the dentin and reach the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. At this point, a serious infection develops, one that could require a root canal to address. If ignored, an infection could eventually require dental extraction to prevent infection from reaching surrounding teeth or moving into the jawbone. For this reason, we always urge patients to see us for treatment when they encounter discomfort.
Preventing Further Cavities
After your filling procedure, what steps can you take to prevent future cases of tooth decay? There are actually quite a few simple changes to your routine that could help, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each session
- Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Drinking water instead of soda or other sugary beverages
- Flossing every night before bed
- Seeing us every six months for a dental exam and a cleaning
If you have any questions about cavity prevention or our custom-made restorations, then please contact our team today.
DOES YOUR TOOTH ACHE?
If you have an aching tooth, then you may need to undergo a restorative treatment. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.