If you have a cavity, restorative dental work will be necessary. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop a cavity on your own, just as there is not a way for you to naturally heal from the damage to your enamel. At our Mansfield, TX dentist’s office, we are prepared to help you take on a problem with tooth decay, and we are even ready to provide treatment without changing your smile! After treating the area on your tooth where a cavity formed, we can provide you with a tooth filling made from composite resin that matches your enamel and provides protection as well as cosmetic support.
Cavities Do Permanent Damage To Your Enamel
A cavity does permanent damage to your tooth structure, which is why a restoration has to be placed after the site of infection is treated. Once your dentist has removed bacteria and damaged tissues, they will place either a filling or a dental crown to provide protection. Fillings are the first choice during cavity treatment because they are the more conservative treatment option. Rather than completely cover a tooth like a dental crown would, a filling only covers the area where you underwent treatment. The resin material we apply to the area in question will harden and bond with your surrounding enamel to both keep the tooth safe and preserve its appearance.
Fillings Are Not Appropriate For Every Cavity Treatment
When a larger cavity forms, it can do too much damage to make treatment with a filling appropriate. A restoration needs to do more than just keep a tooth from becoming infected again. It also has to supply enough structural protection to maintain your tooth’s ability to bite and chew. A dental crown can completely cover your tooth and provide this support. In some cases, treatment with a crown will occur after root canal therapy.
We Can Help You Avoid Future Cavities
Patients at our practice will receive general care that protects them from future problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and more! Unless your dentist sees as need for you to follow a different schedule, you should go in for routine care every six months. In between your visits, your oral hygiene routine and diet will influence your cavity risk.
Talk To Your Mansfield, TX Dentist About Receiving A Tooth-Colored Filling
A tooth-colored dental filling will protect your tooth after a cavity has been addressed without changing its appearance. If you have questions about how we can restore teeth, or if you have any other oral health concerns that we can address, please reach out to Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. In addition to restorative and preventive services, we do offer multiple cosmetic treatments that can raise your confidence in the way you look!