When you have a cavity, we have a solution. Not only that, but our solution is lifelike and biocompatible! With composite resin, we offer fillings that match your smile and last for years to come. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about our biocompatible dental fillings.
The Importance of Treating Cavities
Tooth decay is a common oral health concern, and one that impacts patients of all ages, from kids to seniors. Without treatment, cavities can increase in severity until harmful bacteria make contact with the inner pulp, which leads to infection and for some, the loss of the tooth. Tooth decay forms when enamel is weakened and harmful bacteria can reach the inner dentin. This could be due to poor oral health habits weakening outer enamel or injury or teeth grinding. As part of your treatment, we will examine the tooth and assess the underlying cause, so we can also offer tips on safeguarding your smile moving forward.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin is a unique blend of glass and acrylic-like particles that contains no metal and is safe for all ages. The material can also be color matched to blend with your smile seamlessly. Placing the filling only takes one visit, and helps prevent your cavity from becoming an infection that threatens smile stability. To begin, we will numb the tooth and then remove the decay from it. We thoroughly clean the tooth and then place the prepared composite resin in several layers. We sculpt the tooth and shape it as the material cures underneath a light. The last step is to polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. In one visit, we can offer relief from toothaches and protect your tooth, all with a material that blends with your smile.
Taking a Preventive Approach
To help avoid future cavities, be sure you brush twice a day for two minutes and floss every evening. These actions remove food and drink particles before bacteria can break them down to create plaque buildup, a major factor in weakening the outer enamel. You should also cut back on sugary foods and drinks to avoid feeding harmful bacteria. Finally, be sure you see our team for a checkup and cleaning visit every six months, so we can watch for the early warning signs of decay, and also remove all plaque and tartar to protect the smile.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like tooth decay with a composite resin filling, or about using the same material to offer cosmetic treatment through a bonding procedure, then contact our team today.
Schedule Your Restorative Visit Today
If you would like to find out how we offer lifelike cavity treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, talk to us at Lathrop Dental in Katy, Tx today at 832-437-3849.