Your dental fillings don’t have to be made from a metal material. Instead, our team could offer dental fillings that are not only metal-free, but also color-matched to blend with your smile. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about how we treat tooth decay with our fillings, and the steps you can take to avoid cavities down the road.
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
How do you know if you have a cavity in your smile? Well, if you attend a checkup visit every six months, then our team could identify the issue in the earliest stages of demineralization, before you experience pain in the tooth. Otherwise, you don’t know you need assistance until your tooth begins to ache. At this stage, the decay is in a more advanced state and care is crucial for avoiding infection and the risk of tooth loss. Our team will examine the tooth with digital x-rays, so we can identify the presence of decay and assess the severity with precision and accuracy. We then move forward with the dental filling placement.
Placing a Dental Restoration
Our team wants to make sure you’re comfortable, so we will first administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable as we gently remove decay and clean that tooth. We then prepare the filling material, which is metal-free and blends acrylic-like and quartz-like particles. The material is safe for all ages, and can be shaded to blend with the tooth seamlessly. We apply this in several layers, and then sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures under a special light. Once the material cures, we then polish your tooth to ensure a bright appearance and smooth surface. In one visit, we treat the decay and offer a healthy and attractive tooth.
Avoiding Tooth Decay
You and your family can take steps to help prevent cavities. For example, make sure you brush your teeth in the morning and again at night for at least two minutes, and also floss every evening too. These actions remove the particles of food and drink that could feed bacteria to cause plaque buildup and weaken outer enamel. You should also see us every six months too, so we can monitor the smile and remove all plaque and tartar. If you have any questions about how to avoid cavities, or about treating them with a lifelike dental filling, then contact our team today.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT TOOTH RESTORATIONS
Our team can help stop toothaches and prevent infection with a dental restoration. If you would like to find out more about our custom restorations, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.