A cavity not only means poor oral health, but also painful symptoms, such as toothaches and tooth sensitivity. By treating the issue, you avoid the discomfort and consequences of an untreated cavity, such as an infected tooth. We offer our Garland, TX, patients a one-visit solution to tooth decay using a custom-made dental filling. What should you expect from our natural looking fillings?
How Does Tooth Decay Impact My Smile?
Cavities form when injury or poor oral hygiene damages or weakens your tooth enamel. Since your enamel protects your teeth from harmful bacteria and injury, compromised tooth enamel means bacteria reaches the sensitive inner layers of tooth structure. Patients then develop a cavity. Without treatment, the cavity will grow more severe, leading to serious discomfort and eventually, the risk of an infection or abscess. In extreme cases, lack of treatment could mean losing your tooth altogether, leaving an unsightly gap in your smile.
Aches and Tooth Sensitivity
How do you know if you have one? Well, if you see us for routine checkups, we will uncover them in the earliest stages. Otherwise, you probably won’t know until the issue grows severe enough to cause discomfort. People often report tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Later, a persistent toothache could form. If you’ve experienced prolonged discomfort, then please see us right away to discuss possible treatment options.
Fillings and Dental Bonding
Often, a filling will provide the best solution for cavities. We begin by removing the decay and then thoroughly cleaning your tooth. We next prepare the material, which we shade to match your tooth structure. The composite resin we use is metal-free and offers a lifelike appearance. We apply the material and cure it under a light. We complete the procedure by polishing your tooth, ensuring a more natural appearance. The entire treatment, from start to finish, only takes one visit. If you have an advanced case of tooth decay, then we may suggest a custom-made dental crown.
We also use composite resin in dental bonding. With bonding, we address damage to your tooth, repairing chipped teeth, closing gaps between your teeth, and even masking intrinsic stains, the kind of discoloration that often doesn’t respond to teeth whitening. If you have any questions about cavities, lifelike fillings, or our cosmetic dental bonding options, then contact our team today.
DOES YOUR SMILE HAVE A CAVITY?
If you have a decayed tooth, then talk to our team about possible solutions. For more information on the restorative treatment options, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.