A dental filling is used to treat tooth decay, preventing the issue from growing worse and threatening the stability of your smile. Instead of the old school metal options, your Garland, TX, dentist creates fillings that look natural and offer a host of benefits for a patient’s smile. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we create a restoration that looks great.
The Importance of a Dental Filling
A cavity forms when the protective outer tooth enamel no longer provides adequate defense for the inner layers of dentin. This could happen due to poor oral hygiene eroding enamel, or as a result of teeth grinding or injury cracking or chipping a tooth. The cavity itself will only grow with time, increasing the risk of infection or abscess unless treated. To prevent a serious complication linked to tooth loss, you need to have the cavity treated quickly with a durable and lifelike dental restoration.
Creating One That Looks Natural
Instead of relying on amalgam or gold restorations, we create a lifelike filling that blends with your smile and matches the shade of surrounding structure. The material blend glass and acrylic, so it is not only lifelike, but malleable and hypoallergenic. We also use this material in cosmetic bonding procedures, which repairs damage and masks permanent teeth stains. To treat your tooth, we first remove all decay and then clean it. We may gently etch the surfaces too. We prepare the material and then apply it, reshaping the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit, and helps protect your smile from painful symptoms and infection!
Steps to Reduce Your Cavity Risk
But what can you do to reduce your risk of developing cavities? We suggest cutting back on sugary foods and beverages, as these feed harmful bacteria. You also benefit from brushing and flossing your teeth each day, which remove strapped food particles. A visit for a checkup and cleaning is helpful too. The checkup lets us identify and treat cavity early, often before you experience tooth sensitivity or toothaches. A cleaning removes all plaque and tartar, as the buildup could weaken and erode the outer enamel. If you have any questions about treating cavities with natural-looking dental fillings, then contract our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TREATING TOOTH DECAY?
Treatment for cavities helps protect your smile from worsening discomfort and the risk of infection too. To learn more about our lifelike restorations, then 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.