When you have a cavity, this could not only cause pain in your smile, but also lead to a risk of serious complications. In order to treat the issue and protect your smile, then we will create a filling. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM, dentist will explain how we create fillings that look natural and blend with your smile.
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
A cavity forms in a tooth once bacteria is no longer held at bay by the outer enamel. Demineralization, in which the enamel erodes, and injury that cracks or chips a tooth, could enable bacteria to reach the inner dentin. Since a cavity grows more severe with time, lack of treatment could eventually mean sensitive teeth or toothaches that grow more severe, and an increased risk of dental infection. If you encounter pain in a tooth that doesn’t pass after a few hours, be sure to let us know. Remember, if you attend routine six-month checkup visits, we will be able to identify cavities in the earliest possible stages.
Placing Your Filling
We will carefully examine your smile and if we identify a cavity, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable. Next, we remove all decay from the tooth before cleaning it thoroughly. After we prepare the composite resin material, we will apply it to the decayed portion and sculpt the tooth as we cure this material under a special light. The final step involves carefully polishing the tooth for a more natural appearance. In only one visit, we halt your decay and provider a lifelike restoration!
The Benefits of Composite Resin
The material we use is free of metal, making it a safe choice for people of all ages, including children, pregnant women and the elderly, and even those with metal allergies. The material can be tinted to blend with the tooth, and is made from a unique blend of glass and acrylic to mimic the translucent nature of outer enamel. The filling will match your smile.
To help lower your risk of future cavities, be sure you attend six-month checkups and cleanings so we can keep a close eye on your smile. We will also remove plaque to reduce the risk of enamel erosion. At home, be sure you cut back on the sugary and starchy foods and drinks that feed harmful oral bacteria, and make time to brush and floss your teeth as recommended by your Silver City, NM, dentist!
Do You Have Questions About Fillings?
We want to prevent decay from becoming an infection, and offer a solution that blends with your smile. To schedule your next appointment with our Silver City, NM, team, contact Silver Smiles today by calling (575) 534-3699.