Even with perfect hygiene and diet, we are still susceptible to tooth decay. Thankfully, there is a conservative way to treat cavities with a material that blends beautifully with your tooth. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, dentist talks about how addressing cavities early with composite resin material can protect your smile!
The Causes of Cavities
When we have a diet high in sugar and starch, this leaves behind particles that stick to the teeth and gums. Harmful cavity-causing bacteria called Strep Mutans feed on the particles and release acid. The acid eats at the tooth structure and forms cavities. When cavities aren’t addressed early, they spread deeper into the tooth and can even affect the rest of the mouth. If the cavity spreads too deep, it reaches the live pulp of the tooth, and a root canal is needed. Cavities can also be caused by chronic dry mouth and acid reflux. It is so important to maintain dental check-ups every six months so that these conditions can be monitored, and your dental team can make recommendations to protect you before the damage is too great.
What is a Filling?
A filling is a simple restoration where the dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and places a flowable material into the new space. The material is then bonded to the tooth structure with a bright light. These metal-free fillings form a strong bond with the enamel and can be blended to match your natural tooth shade. By treating the damaged tooth with this composite resin material, you will protect the rest of the tooth from further decay or cracking.
Importance of Maintaining Check-Ups
At your six-month dental check-ups, our team will take x-rays if we feel it is necessary. Our dental technology allows us to see cavities in their infancy. When cavities are caught at the very start, they can be re-mineralized with fluorides or other products. If the decay has progressed too deeply, we will quickly recommend treatment to prevent further damage. By maintaining check-ups, we can also polish and clean your teeth to prevent bacteria from lurking between the teeth and under the gums.
SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT WITH GENTLE SMILES IN DALLAS, TX
We would like to protect your teeth and help you avoid the risk of cavities with regular preventive treatment. To schedule your next visit with our team, call us at Gentle Smiles Family Dentistry in Dallas, TX at (972)329-7645!