If you have a cavity, then you may experience pain in your tooth. Don’t ignore the problem, which could lead to the onset of a dental infection. Instead, talk to your Kansas City, MO, dentist about our tooth-colored fillings. In one visit, we can restore the health and beauty of your smile with a custom, lifelike dental restoration.
The Risks of Untreated Cavities
A cavity forms when harmful bacteria is able to reach the inner layers of dentin, a porous layer that makes up most of your tooth structure. Typically, the outer enamel safeguards your smile against the presence of bacteria, but should a crack or chip occur, or poor oral hygiene weaken tooth enamel, then cavities may form. Let your dentist know if you begin to experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity, as discomfort could mean you have cavities. Without treatment, the decay continues to spread throughout the tooth, eventually reaching the inner pulp and causing a painful infection, one that could threaten the stability of your tooth!
Natural Looking Cavity Repair
If you attend a checkup and we discover the early stages of decay, or if you begin to experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity and we discover the presence of a cavity, we may recommend a filling. We remove the decay and thoroughly clean the tooth. We prepare the filling material, which is metal-free and shaded to match the color of your tooth. We apply the material to the tooth and cure it with a light. The final step is polishing the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The treatment only takes a single visit to complete, halting the pain of cavities and safeguarding the tooth against infection.
Limiting Your Cavity Risk
What can you do to limit the risk of cavities in the future? First, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You also need to floss before bed, which remove the bits of food a tooth brush alone may not be able to do. Make time to see us every six months. Routine checkups and cleanings not only allow us to identify the earliest stages of a cavity, but the cleaning portion removes plaque buildup and helps prevent the onset of cavities. Finally, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks as well. If you have any questions about treating or preventing tooth decay, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Tooth Decay?
If you have decay in one or more of your teeth, then you may benefit from a custom restoration. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.