As we mentioned in a previous blog, the Halloween season often means kids and adults eating too much candy and becoming more likely to develop cavities. Should a cavity form, then your Mansfield, TX, dentists may offer a long-lasting solution with a filling. Fortunately for our patients, our fillings are metal-free and look completely natural!

The Dangers of Tooth Decay

What makes cavities such a danger? Well, cavities grow with time. Which means once one forms in your tooth, treatment is crucial for preventing the decay and bacteria from reaching the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. At this point, the decay becomes an infection, leading to more severe pain and eventually, the risk of losing the tooth altogether and the infection spreading to surrounding teeth. A cavity is more than a minor issue and annoying tooth sensitivity, it’s a danger to your smile’s stability.

Our Composite Fillings

In order to treat the decay and prevent the onset of an infection, our team will likely use a dental filling. Made from composite resin, which is a metal-free blend of quartz and plastic compounds, the filling can be shaded to look natural and blend with your tooth. Placement only takes one visit, and this prevents a cavity from becoming an infection. Placement means removing the decay and placing the prepared material onto the tooth. We then shape the tooth and cure it with a light, before polishing it to complete the procedure. If you have a more severe case of tooth decay, we may use a crown to repair the tooth. If you begin to experience the warning signs of a cavity, such as tooth sensitivity and toothaches that don’t subside after a day or two, then let us know right away so we can perform a diagnosis and if needed, offer treatment.

Keeping Smiles Cavity-Free

But what can people do to keep their smiles free of cavities? Well, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should also choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Flossing before bed is also essential, as this reaches what a toothbrush alone cannot. Make time to see us for checkups so we watch your smile for warning signs of trouble, and also clean your teeth to remove plaque buildup and keep your smile bright and healthy. If you have any questions about preventing or treating cavities, then contact our team today.

Do You Have A Toothache?

If you have pain or sensitivity in one or more of your teeth, the you may benefit from our lifelike and durable dental fillings. For more information on our lifelike restorations, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.