When you have a tooth that hurts due to an untreated cavity, you need a restoration. Instead of metal fillings, we can use a lifelike material that imitates the appearance of tooth enamel. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about using composite resin fillings to treat cavities and bring relief in only one visit.
The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Decay
Each of our teeth is coated in tooth enamel, a very tough substance that protects the sensitive inner structures of the tooth from exposure to harmful oral bacteria. This helps prevent damaged teeth and tooth decay. But if a tooth is injured or worn down by teeth grinding, this exposes the sensitive inner tissues and allows decay to form. Likewise, plaque buildup brought on by poor oral hygiene habits and a diet high in sugar and starch could also weaken and erode enamel to make cavities possible. The decay will continue to grow and spread without treatment, and could lead to an infected or abscessed tooth. Which is why placing a dental filling is so vital.
Repair with Composite Resin
While metal is effective, it may not be safe for young children, or pregnant women, or the elderly, or those with metal allergies. Plus, it’s not very aesthetically pleasing. But we can offer a durable and lifelike alternative with composite resin. This material is made from glass and acrylic-like particles, and is shaded to blend with the rest of the tooth. The material can also absorb daily bite forces and pressures with ease. We also use the same material in our dental bonding procedures to offer cosmetic repair for damaged or misshapen teeth.
Fillings and Prevention
When you see us for a filling placement, we will first numb your tooth to keep you comfortable as we remove all decay and then gently etch the surface. We prepare and apply the material in several layers, and then sculpt and mold your tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The last step is to polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. In one visit, we treat cavities, bringing relief from toothache and tooth sensitivity. To avoid cavities, try to brush twice a day, floss every evening, see us for checkups and cleanings, and of course, cut back on foods and drinks high in sugar. If you have any questions, contact our team today!
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT TREATING CAVITIES
We want to bring relief from painful toothaches and tooth sensitivity. If you would like to learn more about addressing cavities with a dental filling, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.