When a cavity develops, this could mean toothaches and with enough time, the onset of a dental infection or an abscessed tooth. To avoid these, you need treatment in the cavity stage. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about how we provide lifelike treatment with a custom dental filling.
The Warning Signs of Cavities
When should you see us for treatment? The warning signs of a cavity usually involve discomfort that doesn’t pass after a day or two. This could be tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a toothache. At this stage, the decay is more advanced and could lead to an infection unless addressed quickly. If you attend routine six month checkup and cleaning appointments, then we will likely discover a cavity in the earliest stages of demineralization, providing treatment before you even experience discomfort or risk an infection.
When you come to us with an aching tooth, our team will take detailed digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to assess the position and severity of your cavity. We then decide on the best course of treatment. In most cases, we will use a dental filling. Treatment not only takes a single visit, but we use a metal-free material. Composite resin is safe for people of all ages, and can be color-matched to blend with your smile and offer a more attractive appearance. In fact, this cosmetic aspect is why we also use the same material to repair teeth in a dental bonding procedure. The material is also safe for all ages, and stops decay and pain right away.
Placing and Protecting Dental Fillings
To place the filling, we will first numb the tooth in question and then gently remove all decay from it. Our team then applies the prepared filling material and will sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures underneath a light. The last step is to polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. To help prevent cavities from forming, be sure you brush and floss daily, cut back on foods and drinks high in sugar, and of course, see our team every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit, which enables us to watch for signs of trouble and address possible problems before you experience discomfort. If you have any questions, then give our team a call today to learn more.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Restorative Dentistry
We would like to help people with cavities enjoy healthy smiles and avoid infections. If you would like to find out more about the ways we treat tooth decay and bring relief to your smile, then contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.