When you have a cavity, this could lead to discomfort and eventually, infection or tooth loss. To treat the issue, your Brighton, MA, dentists could place a dental filling. Created from our lifelike composite resin, this could ensure your repairs look natural. In today’s blog, find out how we create and place them!
When should you see us for treatment? People with a cavity may experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches. Once your tooth hurts, this means that the decay is in a later stage. Unless treated, this could mean an eventual infection or possibly a lost tooth. If you attend checkup and cleaning visits with our team every six months, then we likely identify cavities before you experience discomfort!
Creating a Dental Filling
Each filling placed is shaped and molded to your tooth, and color-matched to blend with your smile. We begin by administering a local anesthesia and then removing all decay from the tooth. Next, we thoroughly clean the tooth and apply the prepared filling material. Instead of metal, we use composite resin, which is a blend of glass and acrylic particles that we shade to match your tooth’s color. The material is then shaped as we cure the tooth under a light. The last step involves polishing it for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process takes only one visit!
However, if you do have an infected tooth, then a root canal could be used to remove the infected tissues. We then cap the tooth with a durable and lifelike dental crown. Whether your decay is minor or severe, we have natural-looking restorations to help improve oral health.
Preventing Dental Cavities
To prevent cavities, first try to limit the consumption of foods and drinks that leave behind particles for bacteria to break down, such as items high in sugar and starch. You should also take time to brush and floss your teeth daily, as these actions remove stray food particles to prevent bacteria from breaking them down. Seeing us for a checkup and cleaning is beneficial too, as a cleaning removes the harmful plaque buildup that weakens outer tooth enamel and makes a cavity possible. These simple daily actions help improve overall oral health, and stave off cavities.
If you have any questions about how we treat a cavity in only one visit, or about our lifelike dental restorations, then contact our team today to learn more.
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We want to help people enjoy a treatment that looks completely natural. To learn more about how we treat issues like tooth decay, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.