Just because you have a cavity, doesn’t mean an unsightly metal restoration is the only choice for repairing your smile. To offer our Mansfield, TX, patients tooth repair that blends seamlessly with the smile, we may place a filling created from metal-free composite resin. What should patients expect from this cosmetic solution to cavities?
Cosmetic Dental Fillings
A cosmetic dental filling isn’t created using amalgam or other metals. Instead, we use composite resin, which blends quartz-like particles and acrylic compounds to create a strong restorative filling. The material can be shaded to blend with the color of the tooth and surrounding smile. We will remove the decay from your tooth and then prepare the material. We place the material in several different layers and then as the composite resin cures, we shape and mold the tooth. The final step is polishing the tooth completely, which helps ensure a more attractive appearance. The entire procedure only takes once visit and halts the progression of a cavity, preventing dental infection!
The Indicators of a Cavity
If you have a checkup and cleaning every six months, then we can identify cavities in the earliest stages, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise you may not know you have a cavity until you begin to encounter toothaches and tooth sensitivity. If you develop pain in one or more of your teeth that persists for more than 48 hours, then please contact our team as soon as possible. We can examine your smile and identify the presence of a cavity, treating the issue before the tooth becomes infected or develops an abscess.
Keeping Your Smile Free of Decay
Following your filling, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss between your teeth before going to bed. Also, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which provide fuel for harmful bacteria and increase the likelihood of cavities forming. You also need to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can examine your smile and remove plaque buildup from your smile. These steps can limit the risk of tooth decay and safeguard the smile. With August already here, consider scheduling a visit for a checkup and cleaning prior to the school year starting, so we can treat cavities before your family’s schedules become a lot more hectic!
Do You Have a Toothache?
Don’t ignore the pain or sensitivity in your smile, talk to our team about possible solutions with our custom and lifelike dental restorations, many of which address issues in one visit. To learn more about our cosmetic solutions for dental cavities and infection, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.