When you have a cavity, you need treatment to keep a minor issue from becoming something much more serious. An advanced cavity could even mean an infected or abscessed tooth! To treat them, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist offers a filling made from a metal-free material that can blend with your smile seamlessly!
When Should You Receive One?
We recommend a filling when a tooth develops a cavity. Tooth decay happens when the outermost layer of enamel is compromised, which could happen as a result of poor oral hygiene and sugary foods and drinks, factors that leads to plaque buildup and weakened enamel. Injury, including chips or cracks, could also expose the inner structure to bacteria. When a cavity forms, your tooth could begin to feel sensitive or ache, the discomfort growing more severe as the cavity grows and spreads throughout the tooth. Placing a filling halts this growth and prevents the onset of an infection or abscess, saving your smile from serious complications!
The Lifelike Properties of Composite Resin
Composite resin is a blend of both acrylic and glass-like particles, a blend that is metal free and can even be shaded to match the color of surrounding tooth structure. After we remove decay and then clean the tooth, we apply this material in several layers. The dentist will then sculpt and mold the material as we cure the tooth under a special light. The final step involves polishing the tooth for a more attractive and lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit to complete, so you leave with a healthier smile! In addition, the same material is used in bonding procedures, to mask teeth stains, repair damage, and address esthetic issues with a tooth’s shape.
Following treatment, you could start making positive changes to your smile’s appearance to avoid the onset of future cavities. For example, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which leaves behind particles that feed oral bacteria and encourage plaque buildup. Also, be sure you brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and again before bed, which helps remove these particles. Be sure you also use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as fluoride could help strengthen outer enamel. Flossing before bed is also vital, as this removes what a toothbrush cannot reach, mainly the bits of food stuck between the teeth. Finally, be sure to see our team for a routine exam and cleaning every six months!
Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a natural-looking and healthy smile with our custom restorations. For more information on our preventive treatment options, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.