If you have a cavity, you may experience discomfort in and around a tooth. Unless treated, this discomfort could grow worse as the risks of serious complications grows as well. In order to help smiles of all ages, from kids to adults, we may treat the tooth decay using a lifelike dental filling. Find out how your El Paso, TX, dentists address cavities and provide a restoration that blends with the smile.
How Does a Cavity Form?
Did you know that poor oral hygiene, combined with a diet high in sugary foods and drinks, can cause bacteria to create a sticky layer on the teeth known as plaque? Unless removed, this buildup will continue to accumulate, weakening tooth enamel and causing erosion. Once bacteria is no longer held at bay the enamel, it can reach the inner layer of dentin and cause a cavity to form. Over time, you may notice your teeth begin to feel sensitive, and a toothache could eventually form. Unless treated, this could mean an infection. For children, even baby teeth need treatment. From the time decay forms to the time the tooth will fall out naturally, months or even years could elapse. Which means your child could develop a painful infection, suffer premature tooth loss, and experience a great risk of dental misalignment!
Treating Cavities for Kids and Adults
Both children and adults can benefit from our fillings. Instead of using metal, we opt for a metal-free blend of glass-like and acrylic compounds, which is strong, durable, and able to absorb bite forces. The material is applied to the decayed tooth in several layers once we remove the decay. We then sculpt the tooth as we cure the material under a light. Since composite resin can be shaded, this means the material will blend with the tooth and look natural. The final step is a polishing, which helps ensure a brighter and more attractive appearance. The entire process is completed in one visit, and restores smiles of all ages to optimal health and function.
Let’s Keep Your Smile Cavity-Free
First, you and your family should see us every six months. A checkup allows us to identify cavities in the earliest stages and treat them before they cause discomfort. A cleaning removes plaque, improving oral health and lowering cavity risk. You and your little ones should cut back on sugary treats, and make time to brush twice a day and floss before bed.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO ABOUT CAVITY TREATMENTS
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team wants to help miles of all ages stay healthy and free of cavities and infections. If you have questions about our restorative treatment options, you can reach our East El Paso dental practice on 10039 Dyer St., at 915-859-7000!