Dental fillings don’t have to be made from metal. Instead, our team can offer a restoration made from a metal-free material. These will be tooth-colored and bring relief from an untreated cavity. In today’s blog, your Irving, TX, dentist talks about how we prepare and place dental fillings that look natural.
When Your Teeth Need Restoration
Have you noticed your tooth feels sensitive when you eat or drink hot or cold items, or do you have a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two? If so, this persistent discomfort could point to the presence of a cavity. Once your tooth is hurting like this, this means the decay has reached a more advanced stage. Treatment is crucial for avoiding infection and an increased risk of tooth loss! Tooth decay could be brought on by a cracked or chipped tooth, or by poor oral hygiene leading to plaque buildup that weakens and erodes tooth enamel. To bring relief, your smile may need a custom-made dental filling.
Our Composite Resin Dental Fillings
Our team will begin by conducting a detailed examination of your smile, so we can identify the presence of decay and assess the severity. If a filling is the right choice, we will numb the tooth and then thoroughly remove all decay from the tooth. We then clean it and may etch the surface as well. The filling material is made from composite resin, a metal-free material that can be shaded to offer a lifelike appearance. The same material is also durable and able to handle daily bite forces and pressures.
We apply the material in several layers, and then as we shape and mold it, we will cure the composite resin beneath a special light. The last step is to polish the tooth for a brighter appearance, so you can smile with confidence again.
Actions to Preventive Cavities
We also recommend taking steps to help lower your risk of tooth decay. For example, we suggest brushing your teeth in the morning and again at night for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, so you remove food particles and strengthen the outer enamel. You also need to floss every evening too, so you can remove what a toothbrush cannot reach. Our team also recommends cutting back on sugary foods and drinks to avoid feeding harmful buildup and creating plaque and tartar buildup. Finally, be sure you see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months too!
Talk To Your Irving, TX Dentist About Lifelike Dental Restorations
We’re ready to help you enjoy optimal oral health and avoid major oral health complications. To find out how our team treats cavities with a dental restoration, then please reach out to Defining Smiles in Irving, TX today at 972-717-0860.