When you have a cavity, we can provide relief with a filling. Instead of metal, we can use composite resin to offer results that blend with your smile. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist explains how our composite resin dental filling can treat cavities in only one visit!
The Causes of Tooth Decay
A cavity forms when harmful oral bacteria can reach the inner tooth structure, which is made from sensitive material known as dentin. Usually, the outer enamel prevents this from happening. Your enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, and protects the tooth from cavities and infections. But poor oral hygiene habits, such as a diet high in sugar and improper brushing and flossing, could lead to plaque buildup that weakens and erodes the enamel, compromising the tooth. Likewise, an injury or teeth grinding could compromise the enamel too. As the decay grows and spreads, the patient could experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches that don’t subside after a day. If this applies to you, then let us know right away. You may need a dental filling!
Placing a Dental Restoration
Placing a dental filling only takes one visit! Our team will begin by numbing your tooth to ensure your comfort as we remove the decay and then clean it. We may gently etch portions of the surface as well, to help the material better adhere to the tooth as it cures. We then apply the filling material, a metal-free blend of acrylic-like and quartz-like materials. We shade this to blend with your tooth. As we apply the material and sculpt the tooth, we cure the composite resin beneath a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a much brighter appearance. In one visit, the filling treats the tooth and prevents complications like tooth infection.
Keeping Teeth Strong
Our team could also help you and your family avoid the onset of tooth decay. Be sure to see us every six months so we can conduct a cleaning, removing all plaque and tartar to prevent enamel erosion and decay. At home, make time to brush and floss daily to remove stray food and drink particles, and limit the severity of plaque until we can see you for your next cleaning. Try to consume fewer items high in sugar too.
If you have any questions about how we treat issues like tooth decay, then contact our team today!
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Provides Custom Restorations
We want to provide a restoration that prevents your cavity from becoming a dental infection. For more information on improving the function and beauty of your smile, then call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.