When tooth decay develops, our teeth may endure aches and sensitivity, as well as an increased risk of infection. To prevent these complications and preserve the tooth, we may treat the cavity using a lifelike dental filling. But when should you visit your Albuquerque, NM, dentist for treatment? How do cavities form and what benefits will a filling offer?
How Does a Cavity Form?
To prevent cavities and protect our smiles from injury, a thin but strong layer of enamel coats our teeth. However, over time poor oral hygiene could weaken the enamel, or a crack or chip could injure the layer. Once damaged, bacteria may enter the tooth and reach the sensitive inner layers of a dentin, causing a cavity for form. Factors behind the onset of tooth decay may include lack of proper brushing and flossing, a diet high in sugary foods and drinks, and not attending dental cleanings every six months. You may experience tooth sensitivity or toothaches when a cavity arises, so let us know when you experience discomfort.
Stopping Your Decay with a Filling
To treat the cavity and prevent a painful infection, we suggest undergoing a filling placement. To begin, we remove all decay from the tooth and perform a cleaning. Next, we apply composite resin to the tooth and then shape the tooth as we cure this material under a light. Composite resin can be shaded to match your tooth’s shade, and the material also contains no metal. Once we cure this unique blend of glass and plastic compounds, we polish the tooth for a more natural look. The entire process only takes one visit to compete, so you return home with a restored and lifelike tooth.
Preventing Future Cavities
To avoid future cavities, cut back on sugary drinks, such as soda, energy drinks, fruit juice, or sports drinks. Instead, consume more water, which hydrates and contains no sugars or acids. Also, be sure to add more fresh fruits and veggies to your diet and avoid candy, chips, and other sugary items. Be sure you brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed, for two minutes each session. Floss before going to bed and make time to see us every six months for a dental checkup and a thorough dental cleaning. If you have any questions about treating your cavities or preventing them, then contact our team today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team can fix tooth decay in one visit with a lifelike filling. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.