When a tooth begins to hurt, this could mean the presence of tooth decay. We want to treat a cavity quickly to protect you from complications, such as a tooth infection. Which is why we offer dental fillings to preserve your tooth. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about placing natural-looking fillings.
The Factors Behind Tooth Decay
When you have a tooth that aches and the pain doesn’t pass after a day, or if you have tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink that doesn’t subside after a day or two, then this could mean the presence of a cavity. Without treatment, your tooth decay could grow in severity until your smiler risks dental infection or abscess. Schedule a visit to our office so our team can take a close look with digital x-rays to assess the cause and extent of your decay, so we can plan treatment. In many cases, we can stop your decay in one visit with a lifelike dental filling.
Creating a Natural-Looking Restoration
The composite resin we create our fillings with contains no metal and is safe for all ages. The material is biocompatible and can stay in place for years to come. The material can also be shaded to blend with your tooth seamlessly, so you can smile with confidence. The treatment process takes one visit and starts with our team numbing your tooth so we can comfortably remove all decay and etch the surfaces if necessary. We then prepare and place the filling material in several layers, and sculpt the tooth to ensure a balanced bite and attractive appearance. Finally, we polish the tooth, which offers a brighter appearance. In one visit, we halt your decay and preserve your tooth!
Steps to Avoid Cavities
Action can be taken to avoid the onset of a cavity. For example, be sure you start and end your day by brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Before you brush that second time, floss your teeth too. Try to cut back on sugar-rich and starch-heavy foods and drinks too. These actions help limit the risk of plaque buildup and cavities. You also benefit from a dental cleaning every six months, so we can remove all harmful plaque layers before they weaken tooth enamel. If you have any questions about treating cavities with a filling then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk to Your Rochester, MN, Dentist About Our Restorations
Our team offers treatment that looks natural and blends with your smile. We will provide a personalized plan to closely monitor your child’s oral health. If you have an aching tooth that needs treatment, please call our dentist’s office in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.