Tooth cavity and tooth remineralization. Digital illustration, clipping path included.

A wonderful benefit of cosmetic dental procedures includes their ability to mimic that natural appearance of teeth and ultimately provide a lifelike result. A common misconception that people may have, however, is that a natural finish is exclusive only to cosmetic concerns, often discouraging individuals from seeking treatment for mild to moderate concerns that affect their smile’s function, such as that of a cavity. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM dentist will clear up this misconception by describing how a composite resin filling can actually restore function without altering your grin’s appearance.

The Onset of Decay

Whether you are aware of it or not, the common factor that is shared between most major dental concerns is the negative effects of oral bacteria. Indeed, every smile contains these microorganisms, and how they impact your function largely depends on the quality and frequency of your preventive care routine. Hot spots that bacteria often seek out to set up camp include warm, moist, hard-to-reach areas, such as the gums, between structures, and near your back molars.

When bacteria are permitted to thrive, they begin wreaking havoc by secreting harmful acids that work to actively break down your tooth’s natural healthy structure. As the bone weakens, a hole will eventually begin to form known as a cavity. Without proper treatment, this cavity will get larger and larger as bacteria begin to impact your inner structure, including the dental pulp and nerves. If decay spreads much more past this step, your only option will likely be extraction. To avoid this from occurring, it is imperative to seek help sooner rather than later.

Reinforcing Your Tooth

The best practice to prevent decay is to stay strong with your preventive care routine, and if that fails, the next best step is to nip the problem in the bud and address it immediately with restorative dentistry. In cases such as these, your dentist will recommend a dental filling procedure, which begins with your provider carefully but thoroughly removing the decaying portions of the tooth. From here, we will apply a composite resin to fill the hole, then complete the procedure by hardening the material. For more information about this process, contact our team today.

A Natural Finish

An added benefit of a dental filling is our ability to utilize a composite resin that can be shade-matched to your grin. In other words, we will closely mimic the natural shade of your smile so that once your treatment is complete, you will once again have a gorgeous and heathy grin with a near-seamless result.

Schedule Your Appointment

For more information about our restorative dental services, contact Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM at 575-534-3699 to schedule your appointment with our team today.