When you have an aching tooth, this could mean tooth decay and without treatment, the risk of an infection or abscess. To treat tooth decay and bring relief, we could place a composite resin restoration. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist talks about our tooth-colored dental fillings.
When Teeth Need a Filling
A cavity forms when the outer layer of enamel is compromised. This could occur due to an injury to the tooth, or damage from teeth grinding. However, plaque buildup brought on by poor oral hygiene is often the main cause of eroded enamel and dental cavities. If you attend checkups every six months, we can likely identify trouble in the earliest stages of demineralization, otherwise you may not know you need attention until your tooth begins to hurt. Toothaches that last for more than a day are cause for concern, and a reason you may need to schedule a visit to receive a dental filling.
Instead of metal, we use a composite resin that is made from a blend of quartz-like and acrylic materials, which is safe for kids of all ages, elderly people, pregnant women, and everyone else. The material can also be color-matched to blend with your tooth. In fact, in addition to fillings we also use the same material in a tooth bonding procedure, correcting cosmetic concerns and repairing damage in only one visit just as we treat tooth decay in one visit.
Placement and Prevention
Our team will first take detailed digital x-rays to assess the position and severity of the decay. We then numb your tooth before we remove all decay from it. We clean the tooth thoroughly and apply the composite resin to it, which we shade to blend with your tooth. As we sculpt the tooth, the composite resin will cure beneath a light. The last step is to polish the tooth thoroughly. In only one visit, we treat your cavity and bring relief from toothaches.
To help prevent cavities and the need for a filling, be sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and always with a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss every evening to reach the areas a toothbrush alone cannot. Try to cut back on foods and drinks high in sugar too, and see us for a checkup and cleaning so we can remove all plaque and tartar completely.
If you have any questions, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Advanced Dentistry
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about treating tooth decay in only one visit.