When you have a cavity, you need treatment. What starts as a minor issue causing minor tooth sensitivity could soon mean serious aches and even infection. To treat a cavity, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will create a custom-made dental filling that looks natural and stays in place for many years to come.
The Dangers of a Cavity
What makes a cavity such a danger? Tooth decay impacts kids and adults, and occurs when harmful oral bacteria make contact with the dentin, the sensitive material just beneath the outer enamel. Decay will then grow and spread with time, eventually reaching the inner pulp and leading to painful infection or abscess, a complication that could eventually cost you the tooth. Cavities form when the outer enamel is weakened and eroded due to poor oral hygiene, or damaged by injury or teeth grinding. Warning signs include sensitivity in your teeth or aches that last for more than a day.
Creating Your Custom Restoration
How do we create a custom restoration to treat cavities and prevent infection? To start, we will examine the smile to assess the severity of the cavity. We then numb the area and remove the decay from the tooth. Afterward, we clean the area and apply a filling material. Instead of metal, we will opt for a composite resin that blends glass and acrylic. In addition to being durable and long-lasting, the material can be color-matched to blend with the tooth. After we apply the material, we will shape the tooth and then cure the composite resin with a special light. Finally, we make sure the bite is still balanced and then polish the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The entire process only takes one visit to complete!
Following your procedure, you may be wondering what could be done to avoid future cavities? There are a few simple steps that could reduce your tooth decay risk. First, cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as this leaves behind particles that feed harmful oral bacteria. Next, make sure you brush twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, and that you floss every evening before bed. We also recommend a visit every six months so we can examine the smile and diagnose any decay in the earliest stages, and also clean the teeth, which removes the plaque and tartar buildup caused by bacteria. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Let’s Treat Your Toothache
We know that a custom-approach helps ensure a lifelike result and a restoration that properly protects your smile. For more information on treating issues like tooth decay, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.