When a cavity forms in a tooth, treatment is necessary. Kids and adults alike are vulnerable to tooth decay, and the onset of infection without treatment. Fortunately, we can offer treatment in one visit with a natural-looking dental filling. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about how we treat cavities with our composite resin fillings.
When to Treat Your Cavity
If you attend six-month checkup visits, then our team will be able to identify a cavity in the early stages, often before you even experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until your tooth begins to hurt. Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks could be reported, as could a toothache that doesn’t pass after a few hours. When you have persistent toothaches, you need to undergo an exam and diagnosis. Otherwise, your cavity could grow in severity and eventually lead to an infected tooth, and with it, the increased risk of tooth loss. Fortunately, we can offer treatment with a dental filling.
Placing a Dental Restoration
Our team will take a close look at the aching tooth with digital x-rays, so we can diagnose the presence and severity of your cavity. We then plan treatment. With a dental filling, we can offer improvement in only one visit. To begin, we want to make sure you feel comfortable, so our team will administer a local anesthetic to the tooth being treated. We then remove the decay and thoroughly clean the tooth. The next step is to apply the filling material in several layers. The composite resin we use contains no metal and is safe for all ages. We actually color match it to blend with the rest of your tooth seamlessly! As we cure the composite resin beneath a special light, our team will sculpt and reshape the tooth. Finally, we polish it for a brighter smile. In a single visit, our fillings will treat your cavity.
Steps for Preventing Cavities
Steps can also be taken to lower the risk of tooth decay. For example, be sure you brush and floss your teeth each day to remove stray particles of sugar and starch, and limit your consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar and starch too. Make time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months as well.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT TREATING CAVITIES
Our team wants to make sure your smile looks great following treatment. If you would like to find out more about treating a cavity in one visit, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.