Cavities can occur for a number of different reasons, causing discomfort and threatening the stability of your teeth. In order to stop their spread and safeguard the smile, we may place a custom and lifelike dental filling. How do we stop cavities with our metal-free restorations? When should our Dallas, TX, residents see us for treatment?
Why Do Our Teeth Become Decayed?
Cavities can impact smiles of all ages. They happen when harmful bacteria can reach the inner layers of dentin, a porous material that makes up most of your tooth structure. There, a cavity forms. But first, the bacteria need to bypass the enamel. The tooth enamel coating your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, and designed to safeguard your smile. However, poor oral hygiene could lead to weakened tooth enamel, causing holes to form as the outer layer erodes. In addition, an injury such as a chip or fracture could also damage this protective layer. If you attend routine six-month checkups, we can often identify the threat of decay in the earliest stages. Otherwise, you may not know until the cavity becomes serious, which means the onset of tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and the threat of a dental infection.
Placing a Filling in One Visit
If you have a cavity, or if you begin to experience discomfort in your smile, let us know. Often, we treat the issue in a single sitting! Placing a filling begins with the dentist removing all decay from your tooth, then thoroughly cleaning it. Next, we prepare the material we use in the procedure. We employ composite resin, a durable material that is metal-free and can be shaded to match the color of your tooth. We apply the material in several layers, then sculpt and mold the tooth as it cures. The final step is polishing your tooth, which helps ensure a more attractive appearance.
Keeping Your Smile Cavity-Free
But what can people do to avoid tooth decay? Start by consuming fewer sugary foods and drinks, which could increase your risk. Enjoy more water and healthier snack options. Also, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You need to floss before bed as well, as this reaches the food particles a toothbrush cannot. Finally, make time to schedule an appointment twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. We can monitor your smile and also remove plaque buildup, protecting your outer enamel from erosion and your smile from cavities.
Gentle Smiles Family Treats Cavities
Our team would like to offer a lifelike solution to painful, decayed teeth. To learn more about our natural looking dental fillings, then please contact us today by calling 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE) to schedule an appointment with your Dallas, TX, dentist!