When you have a cavity, this could mean your tooth aches and that you risk the onset of a painful dental infection. To stop the spread of a cavity and bring relief, your Garland, TX, dentist may suggest a solution with a dental filling. In one visit, this could provide a durable, hypoallergenic, and lifelike solution to tooth decay.
The Factors Behind Tooth Decay
How does a cavity even form? Well, our teeth are coated in a layer of tooth enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. This layer protects the sensitive inner tissues from exposure to bacteria. However, when we eat foods high in sugar and starch, or if we don’t brush and floss properly, this could allow plaque buildup to accumulate that weakens and erodes the outer enamel. The sensitive structure is now exposed to bacteria and a cavity forms. This could also happen if an injury cracks or chips a tooth. The resulting decay will lead to tooth sensitivity or a toothache, which grows in severity with time. The risk of an infection is possible with treatment!
Creating a Dental Restoration
If you have pain in your smile, let us know! We will take detailed digital images and x-rays to assess the cause and extent of your cavity. We then administer a numbing agent and gently remove all decay from the tooth. The area is then cleaned, and we apply a filling material. Instead of metal, we will opt for composite resin, a metal-free blend of glass and acrylic-like particles that we can shade to blend with your tooth. This material is safe for people of all ages, and offers a long-lasting and lifelike solution to cavities. We shape and sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The last step is to polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. In one visit, we treat your tooth decay and prevent complications from arising!
Protecting Your Smile
To help prevent future cases of tooth decay, we suggest taking time each day to brush your teeth in the morning and evening for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. You should also floss every evening as well. Try to consume fewer foods and drinks high in sugar, and also take time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can address problems in the earliest stages.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR RESTORATIONS?
Should you experience the warning signs of a dental cavity, then please schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.