When you have a cavity, you need a filling to avoid worsening pain or an eventual infection. Instead of relying on metal restorations, we offer an option that looks natural and is metal-free. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists will discuss the process of diagnosing and treating cavities, and how our composite resin blends with the tooth.
When to Receive a Filling
We place fillings to treat cavities, preventing decay from leading to worsening pain or even an infected or abscessed tooth. If you have tooth sensitivity or a toothache that doesn’t pass after a few hours, let us know. This could be a warning sign of tooth decay. If you attend checkups and cleanings every six months, then we will likely identify and treat cavities in the earliest stages of demineralization, often before you experience painful symptoms. A cavity forms when the outer enamel is damaged via injury or weakened and eroded as a result of poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup.
The Composite Resin
Instead of using metal, we opt for a more attractive option that is also safe for people of all ages. Composite resin is a mixture of glass and acrylic that we tint to blend with the rest of your smile. The material is also durable and able to absorb the daily pressures expected of your tooth structure. We also use the material in dental bonding procedures to repair minor damage, mask teeth stains, and address other esthetic issues in only visit.
We start by administering a numbing agent to the tooth. Next, we remove the decay and clean the tooth thoroughly. We apply the composite resin in several layers, molding the tooth as the material cures under a special light. The final step involves polishing the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The process only takes one visit, so you leave with a stronger smile.
To avoid cavities, we suggest you cut back on sugary foods and drinks. You could also make time to brush your teeth in the morning and the evening for two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste when you do. Flossing is also crucial and should be done before bed each night. These actions, from cutting back on sugary to brushing and flossing, remove harmful food and drink particles from your smile and reduce the severity of plaque buildup. With a six-month visit, we look for signs of enamel erosion and also remove all plaque and tartar with a dental cleaning too.
Ready to Treat Your Cavities?
Our team wants to offer a solution for tooth decay that looks natural. To learn more about restorative dental care, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, and all surrounding communities.