For many years, treating cavities with a dental filling meant a metal restoration. But we’re proud to offer Mansfield, TX, patients a metal-free option that blends with the tooth. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the creation and placement of composite resin dental fillings. We’re also talking about tips for avoiding future cases of tooth decay!

How Does A Cavity Form?

Ideally, our outer layer of tooth enamel prevents cavities from forming. However, tooth enamel may erode over time due to poor oral hygiene, or could become damaged, causing cracks or chips in the teeth. When damage or erosion occur, then bacteria isn’t stopped by the enamel and instead reaches the inner layers of dentin. A cavity then forms. As the decay grows more severe, people may notice sensitivity in their teeth, particularly when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks. Later, a toothache may form that doesn’t subside after 48 hours. At this point, you should see us right away.

The Dangers of Dental Infection

What happens when a cavity keeps growing? Well, eventually it enables bacteria to reach the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center, the portion that keeps the tooth alive and healthy. An infection then arises, leading to more severe discomfort and without treatment, the risk of a lost tooth. However, by addressing the problem in the decay stage we can help you avoid a dental infection.

Creating and Placing a Composite Filling

We begin by removing the decay and cleaning the tooth. We then prepare the composite resin, which includes shading the material to match surrounding tooth structure. We apply the material to the tooth and shape the tooth as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. In one visit, we can repair cavities.

But how do you avoid future cases? Well, cutting back on sugary foods and drinks prevents sugar particles from remaining on or between the teeth, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and enamel erosion. You should also brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes using a fluoridated toothpaste. We also urge our patients to floss nightly before bed. Finally, be sure you see us every six months for an exam and cleaning. A checkup enables our team to monitor your smile and identify decay in the earliest stages. A cleaning removes all plaque from the teeth, protecting the health of your teeth and gums. If you have any questions about fillings to addressing tooth decay, then contact our team today.

Stopping Your Cavities

Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy smile, which means treating your cavities with a restoration. For more information on our restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.