A dental cavity can form in smiles of all ages, in kids and adults alike, and lack of treatment could mean the onset of an infected tooth. Which is why we want to offer treatment at the first sign of tooth decay! In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about placing biocompatible dental fillings to save your tooth.
The Causes of Cavities
A cavity means that bacteria have reached your inner tooth structure, the dentin, which is very sensitive and soft. The decay will then grow and spread with time, threatening tooth infection and abscesses, and causing toothaches and tooth sensitivity that don’t subside after a day or two. The decay could be brought on by injury or teeth grinding, which compromises the protective layer of outer enamel. But in most cases, a combination of a diet high in sugar and starch and poor oral hygiene habits has allowed plaque to form, weakening enamel with time. Regardless, once your tooth begins to hurt you need to see us for treatment. Placing a filling could protect your smile and stop discomfort!
While metal fillings are effective, they may not be the best choice for young children, the elderly, or pregnant women, or especially those with metal allergies. But composite resin is metal-free and safe for all ages, and can provide biocompatible and durable repair. The material blends acrylic and quartz-like particles, and can be shaded to blend with your smile seamlessly. In addition to treating cavities, we can use the same material in a bonding procedure to address common esthetic issues, like stained, damaged, or misshapen teeth. Placing a filling with this material only takes one visit, and can put a stop to toothaches and the risk of an infection or abscess.
Safeguarding Your Smile
Following treatment, we can talk about protecting your smile from future cavities. For children, we can place fluoride treatments to dental sealants to help fortify smiles and protect the rear teeth from cavities. For all ages, we can clean the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar, and also discuss proper brushing and flossing to safeguard the teeth in between routine six month visits. With these changes, you not only fight tooth decay, but you can keep gingivitis and even gum disease at bay.
If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX, ABOUT RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
Our team wants to make sure you can receive lifelike and durable treatment for dental cavities. If you’re ready to schedule a visit to repair dental cavities, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.