When a tooth develops decay you need treatment right away. Eventually, a decayed tooth can suffer from infection, which threatens the stability of the tooth. Fortunately, we can often repair a decayed tooth with a lifelike dental filling. How does a filling fix your tooth?
Question: What causes tooth decay?
Answer: Our teeth are protected by an outer layer of tooth enamel. When the enamel becomes weakened or damaged, possibly as a result of poor oral hygiene or a chip/fracture, bacteria can bypass the protective layer. Bacteria can then reach the sensitive layers of dentin below the enamel, causing a cavity to form.
Question: How do I know if my tooth is in danger?
Answer: You should see the dentist if you experience tooth sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures, or if you suffer from a persistent toothache. Discomfort could be an indicator of tooth decay. The doctor will examine your tooth carefully to see if you require a restoration to address a cavity.
Question: What does placing a restoration involve?
Answer: We will first remove the decay from the teeth. We may etch the tooth surface to ensure the filling material bonds with the tooth. We then apply a metal-free composite resin. The resin can be shaded to better blend with the tooth. The material cures under a special light. We then polish the tooth. The entire procedure only takes one visit.
Question: Will the restoration look natural?
Answer: Yes. The composite resin is metal-free and designed to blend with the tooth structure. No one will be able to tell you have a restoration. If you have any questions about dental fillings or cavities, then please contact our office today.