3d render of jaw with dental polymerization lamp and light cured inlay filling over white backgroundMany individuals place great value on the quality of their smiles. This can include how it appears, the status of its health, or a combination of the two. Indeed, taking care of your teeth and oral health is a lifelong process that involves more than most are willing to put into it. Because of this, restorative procedures such as root canals, crowns, and fillings serve as a reliable backup option so that many do not have to lose their precious pearly whites to decay or other infection. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM dentist takes a look at addressing dental decay in its earliest stages, and how a filling treatment can be shade-matched to your smile.

Common Cause of Decay

Just like gum disease and a number of other oral health concerns before it, dental decay is a result of hyperactive bacteria wreaking havoc in your oral cavity. You see, these microorganisms tend to thrive in-between teeth and the gum line, especially near the back molars. From here, they feed off of the items we ingest, with sugars being their favorite. This causes them to secrete harmful and destructive acids that actively break apart and weaken your tooth’s natural structure. Eventually, a hole will form known as a cavity.

Cavities can be treated simply if addressed in a timely manner, but the longer you wait, the more it will incur damage. As the infection reaches deeper inside a tooth, your nerves will become damaged and your inner dental pulp will become afflicted. At this stage, more extensive restorative treatments will be needed to address your concern, and you may face the possibility of extraction.

Acting Sooner Than Later

Because decay gets exponentially worse with time, it is always better to act sooner rather than later. To address your concerns, our team will provide a dental filling treatment. During this process, we will effectively clean the area and remove infected portions. We will then fill the open hole with a composite dental resin, shape it to fill each crevice, and cure the material to complete your treatment.

Your composite filling will serve as a barrier from oral bacteria entering your treatment area, as well as a reinforcement to keep your natural structure strong and safe. For more information about this process, reach out to our team today.

A Naturally-Looking Finish

One of the major benefits that accompany our composite resin fillings is their ability to be shade-matched to your teeth. In other words, we take the time to carefully determine the exact hue of your grin, then color the material to closely mimic and match it. This allows for a lifelike finish and a more realistic-looking solution.

Learn More Today

Contact Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by calling 575-534-3699 to learn more about the importance of restorative dentistry, or to schedule your appointment with our team today.