When you have a toothache, this could be caused by allergies, sinus issues, or even a chill in the air. However, if the pain doesn’t pass after a few hours and persists for a day or more, then you may have a cavity. To prevent a cavity from becoming an infection, your El Paso, TX, dentists can place a custom and lifelike filling made from a metal-free material!
Toothaches and Cavities
A cavity forms when plaque buildup accumulates on the teeth, weakening the outer layer of tooth enamel until it erodes. Bacteria then reaches the inner layers of dentin, a more sensitive material, causing decay to form. Injury to the tooth, such as a crack, chip, or worn section or enamel, could also expose the dentin to bacteria. The cavity will grow more severe with time, which is how teeth begin to feel sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks, and eventually ache. If you have persistent pain, then you need to see our team for a diagnosis.
Fillings for Kids and Adults
Treating a cavity prevents it from becoming an infection that threatens the tooth’s stability. To treat most cavities in kids and adults, we place a composite resin filling. Made from a metal-free material that can be shaded to match the color of nearby teeth, the material is applied in several layers after we remove decay and clean the tooth. We then cure the material under a light, sculpting and molding the tooth in the process. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. In one visit, we can remove decay and fill the exposed area, ensuring your tooth looks natural and is safeguarded against cavities.
Keeping Tooth Decay at Bay
To avoid a cavity, kids and adults alike should cut back on sugary foods and drinks, which feed harmful oral bacteria and lead to plaque buildup. You should also brush for two minutes in the morning, and again at night, using a fluoride toothpaste. Flossing before bed is also essential for people of all ages. Be sure to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning too, so we can monitor your smile and watch for any possible signs of trouble. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, or about avoiding it with preventive care, then contact our team today.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX ABOUT TREATING CAVITIES
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can treat cavities in as little as one sitting and help prevent the onset of an infection. For more information on restorative treatment options, contact your El Paso, TX, dentists at Sunny Smiles on Dyer Street by calling 915-859-7000.