When you have a cavity, this could cause pain in your tooth and even threaten the stability of it. Which is why treating a case of tooth decay is essential for good oral health. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about our natural looking fillings, and when your smile may benefit from placement.
The Dangers of Tooth Decay
A cavity occurs when oral bacteria come into contact with the dentin, the structure makes up most of your tooth. The enamel usually prevents this from happening, but injury to the tooth, or the presence of plaque brought on by poor oral health habits, could weaken and erode the enamel. The cavity will begin to cause tooth sensitivity and toothaches as it grows and spreads. Without treatment, this could lead to an infection, one that could cause the loss of your tooth unless treated! The infection could then reach other parts of the smile. A cavity may seem like a minor issue, but lack of treatment could cause it to threaten the stability of your smile.
Creating and Placing a Filling
When we examine your smile and discover a cavity, we will then numb the tooth and if you have dental anxiety, offer sedation. We then remove all decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean it. The filling material, a blend of glass-like and acrylic materials known as composite resin, is then prepared. This is metal free, safe for all ages, and can be color-matched to blend with the tooth. We administer this and then as it cures under a light, we sculpt and reshoe the tooth to ensure proper bite balance. The last step is to polish the tooth, ensuring a more lifelike appearance. In only one visit, we can offer a natural looking solution for tooth decay.
Taking Preventive Measures
We could also take steps to help prevent the onset of tooth decay. For example, every six months we can clean the teeth, removing all plaque and tartar before the enamel is weakened. We also examine the smile to identify the early stages of decay, treating it before your tooth begins to ache. At home, you should take time to brush twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every evening. Cutting back in sugary foods and drinks will be helpful too. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like tooth decay, or about our lifelike dental fillings, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Cavity Treatment!
Our team wants to help you smile with confidence and avoid discomfort If you would like to find out more about our lifelike dental restorations, then contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.