The answer is yes! When we treat cavities, we often do so with a composite resin material, ensuring you have a restoration that looks natural. We want you to smile with confidence post treatment! In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about how your fillings could offer a natural appearance.
When to Seek Filling Placement
We offer this treatment to address cavities, bringing relief to your smile and avoiding worsening complications like infection or in some cases, tooth loss. Warning signs often include tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink or a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two. At this stage, the decay is likely pretty advanced and not seeking care puts you at risk of infection. However, if you attend checkup and cleaning visits every six months, then our team has a chance to identify the issue in the earliest stages of demineralization, before you experience sensitivity or aches.
Treating Your Cavity
We first want to assess the size and position of your decay, so we will examine your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. From there, we can plan treatment to bring relief and protect your tooth. With a filling, our team will numb the tooth with a local anesthetic and then remove all decay. The tooth is then cleaned thoroughly, and we may gently etch the outer surface too. Instead of metal, we use composite resin to treat cavities. This metal is safe for all ages, metal-free, and can be shaded to match your tooth!
We then sculpt and mold the tooth as the composite resin is cured beneath a special light. The last step involves polishing the tooth for a brighter appearance. In one visit we can offer relief and a healthier smile!
Taking a Preventive Approach
Action can always be taken to help avoid cavities. For kids and adults alike, a diet low in sugar and starch is helpful, as is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and also flossing every evening. For kids in particular, we could use fluoride gel and dental sealants to help protect their smiles from the onset of cavities. Everyone also benefits from a dental cleaning every six months, so we can remove all plaque and tartar and keep the enamel strong and intact, so your family is at a lower risk of tooth decay.
Your Garland, TX, Dentist Offers Restorative Dental Care
We want to help you enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile for years to come. To learn more about treating restorative issues, 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.