Did you know that an ache in your tooth could mean the presence of a cavity? Without treatment, this cavity could eventually cause an infection or abscess! In order to treat cavities in Mansfield, TX, we may create and place a lifelike and metal-free dental filling. Find out how we treat cavities and stop toothaches with our natural-looking dental fillings.
Toothaches and Tooth Decay
If you attend regular checkup and cleaning visits, then we will be able to identify decay in the early stages, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until you begin to experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, which develop when the decay reaches a more advanced stage and threatens the onset of a dental infection. A cavity forms when harmful bacteria gains access to the inner tooth structure, which is sensitive and porous. An injury, such as a crack or chip, could allow access. In addition, poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque buildup forming and weakening enamel, causing erosion in the protective outer layer.
Creating and Placing Your Dental Filling
When we treat your cavity, we will first perform x-rays and examine the area to assess the level of severity. Next, we remove the decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean it. We prepare the filling material, which is made from composite resin, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic. The material can be shaded to match the color of your tooth. We apply the material and as we cure it under a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth to ensure a more esthetically-pleasing appearance. The entire procedure only takes a single visit to complete.
Keeping Cavities at Bay
Following treatment, you can make changes to your daily routine to help limit the risk of future cavities. For example, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which feed harmful bacteria and lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. In addition, make time to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, when you wake up and again before going to bed. You also need to floss before going to sleep. These steps can limit plaque buildup and protect the smile. You should also make time to see us every six months for checkups and cleanings, so we can examine and clean your teeth thoroughly. If you have any questions about treating and preventing cavities, then contact our team today.
Does Your Tooth Feel Sensitive?
If you experience the warning signs of a cavity, then talk to our team about a possible solution. To learn more about treating cavities with a natural-looking filling, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.