When Does A Smile Need A Minimal Restoration?

A minimal restoration, also known as a filling, can help treat tooth decay and protect smiles both young and old from the dangers of untreated cavities, such as infected or abscessed teeth. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists look at when a smile may need one, and how we place them. We’re also talking about the warning signs of tooth decay!

Fillings and Minimal Restorations

Fillings, also known as minimal restorations, target a specific area of the tooth that is decayed or damaged. The material we create them from is metal-free, making this safe for young children. Kids need to have decay treated, even in baby teeth, as the time between decay and the tooth falling out naturally could be months or even years. Lack of treatment means an infection, which we will discuss further on. The filling is made from composite resin, which we can shade to match the color of your tooth. After we remove the decay and place this material, the dentist will sculpt the tooth as the material cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more esthetically-pleasing appearance. The entire process only takes one visit to complete.

Don’t Ignore Toothaches

Without treatment, a cavity will grow with time and eventually, harmful bacteria can reach the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. An infection then begins, which causes severe discomfort and an increased risk of tooth loss or even the spread of infection to other teeth. If you or your child begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a toothache that doesn’t pass after a day, then please let us know. This could point to an advanced cavity, one that needs immediate treatment to prevent an infection or abscess!

Schedule Routine Exams

Now that you know how we treat cavities in our patients, let’s talk about what you can do to avoid them. Kids and adults alike both need to attend checkups every six months. In these visits, we will watch your smile for the earliest signs of trouble, offering treatment often before you experience discomfort. In addition, you will have your teeth cleaned, removing plaque buildup and reducing the risk of future cavities. At home, be sure you and your family take time to brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before bed. Try to reduce your consumption of sugary foods and drinks as well. If you have any questions about treating and preventing a cavity, then contact our team today.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can help protect smiles from the consequences of untreated dental cavities. For more information on our restorative treatment options, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.