Just because you have a cavity doesn’t mean a metal restoration is your only hope. In fact, we typically restore decayed teeth in Greenville, TX, with a filling made from a metal-free composite resin. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the causes and warning signs of a cavity, and when your smile may benefit from one of our tooth-colored restorations.
The Dangers of Tooth Decay
A cavity forms when harmful bacteria is no longer held back by tooth enamel, and instead can reach the inner layers of dentin, which are porous and much more sensitive. This could occur as a result of weakened enamel due to poor oral hygiene or as a result of a tooth being worn down from teeth grinding, or becoming cracked/chipped following injury. The decay will continue to grow and spread throughout the tooth, which means discomfort will increase and eventually, bacteria may reach the inner pulp. Your tooth’s nerve center, pulp is very sensitive and the presence of bacteria could mean a serious infection and for some, an increased risk of tooth loss.
If you begin to experience regular tooth sensitivity and toothaches let us know, as this could indicate a cavity. Likewise, be sure to see us every six months for a checkup so we can examine your smile and identify cavities in the early stages, often before you experience discomfort. We will then remove the decay from your tooth and thoroughly clean it. Next, we prepare and place composite resin. Metal-free, composite resin is a special blend of glass and plastic compounds, and can be shaded to match the color of your tooth. After placement, we mold the tooth and cure the material with a light. The last step is polishing your tooth to ensure a brighter smile. In one visit, we can treat your cavity and restore health and function to your smile.
Protecting Your Smile From Tooth Decay
But what can be done to avoid future cases of cavities? Start by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, which essentially feed the harmful bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Also, make time each day to brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and again at night. Also, floss before bed as well. A regular checkup and cleaning appointment every six months is also recommended. If you have any questions about staying cavity-free, then contact our team today.
Does Your Smile Need a Filling?
If you have cavities in one or more of your teeth, then talk to our team about lifelike restorations. To find out more about our natural-looking fillings schedule a consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, and all surrounding communities.