When you have a cavity, your tooth could begin to ache or you could experience sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods and drinks. To restore your smile and bring relief, your Newhall, CA, dentist can offer a restoration. In today’s blog, find out how we use composite resin to create a lifelike filling.
The Warning Signs (and Causes) of Tooth Decay
How do you know if you have a cavity? If you happen to attend your checkup visits every six months, then our team can identify one in the earliest stages of demineralization, the erosion of the outer enamel. Meaning we can offer treatment before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until your teeth begin to ache, at which point the decay is pretty severe and on the verge of becoming an infection. Cavities form when the outer enamel no longer keeps bacteria away from the sensitive inner tissues. Injury or poor oral hygiene could weaken and compromise the outer enamel, and make decay possible.
Placing a Dental Filling
We start with an exam to identify and then assess the severity of tooth decay. We then administer a local anesthetic and remove all decay for the tooth. Our team will prepare the filling material, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic known as composite resin. The material can be shaded to blend with your smile, and is applied to the tooth. We then shape and sculpt the tooth as we cure the material. Finally, we polish the tooth thoroughly. In one visit, we repair the tooth and prevent complications like infection or tooth loss!
Preventing Future Cavities
But what can be done to avoid the onset of a cavity altogether? Kids and adults alike need to take time to care for their teeth daily to prevent issues like cavities. For example, we should start the day by brushing our teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, and end the day the same way. We also suggest flossing in between each tooth, moving the tape up and down each side and dipping below the gum line. These actions remove food particles and prevent serious plaque buildup that weakens enamel. You should also see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months, so we can keep an eye on your outer enamel, and also completely remove all plaque and tartar that has accumulated. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health!
Schedule Your Treatment Today
An aching tooth could mean you need a restoration. Newhall Dental Arts is ready to treat your cavity. Contact our Newhall, CA office at (661) 259-7760 to learn more about our lifelike dental fillings.