When you have a cavity, your tooth could start to feel sensitive or even hurt. Without treatment, this could soon lead to a painful infection or even a lost tooth! Fortunately, your Kansas City, MO, dentist knows how to treat a cavity with a lifelike and durable restoration: a composite resin dental filling.
The Causes and Warning Signs of Cavities
The outside of each tooth is coated in enamel, a strong substance that safeguards the inner tissues against the threat of harmful oral bacteria. However, when we don’t brush and floss properly, and consume a diet high in sugar and starch, this could promote plaque and tartar buildup, weakening and eroding the enamel to allow cavities to form. Other cause could be an injury that cracks or chips a tooth, compromised the outer enamel. The decay will grow and spread with time, eventually leading to tooth sensitivity and toothaches that grow worse with time. When you experience discomfort, we suggest seeing us right for treatment.
Creating a Lifelike Filling
We start by carefully examining your smile to assess the cause and severity of your cavity. We then provide treatment in one visit with a filling. After administering a numbing agent to the tooth, we remove all decay and thoroughly clean the area. Next, we prepare and place the composite resin material. The material is metal-free, and can be color-matched to blend with the smile. We use this option not only due to the esthetics and long-lasting nature, but the material is also safe for people of all ages. After we cure the material and shape the tooth, we then polish it for a more lifelike appearance. In one sitting, you enjoy better oral health and a more comfortable smile.
To avoid future cavities, make sure you brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Each session should take at least two minutes. You also need to floss every evening, and cut back on sugar and starch-rich foods and drinks. Be sure you see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. The checkup lets us catch cavities in the earliest stages, before you experience discomfort. The cleaning helps remove all plaque and tartar buildups, to reduce the risk of tooth decay. If you have any questions about avoiding issues like tooth decay, or about treating them with a lifelike dental restoration, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
Our team is ready to help you find a durable, effective, and of course, natural-looking, solution for your cavity. Learn more about our lifelike restorative treatment options by scheduling an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.