When you have an ache in a tooth, this could mean the presence of tooth decay. Don’t delay treatment, talk to our team about a restoration. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist talks about how we treat cavities with a lifelike dental filling, treating decay in one visit and preventing the onset of an infection.
Signs You Need Treatment
How do you know if you need treatment for a cavity? Well, if you attend six-month checkup and cleaning visits, our team will likely identify cavities in the earliest stages of demineralization, often before you ever experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not realize you need care until the decay reaches a more advanced stage, at which point you could be experiencing toothaches and tooth senility on a regular basis. Don’t ignore discomfort, as the decay could before an infection that threatens the stability of your tooth!
While metal is an effective means of treating tooth decay, the material tends to change shape due to time and temperature, increasing the risk of future decay in the years to come. This could also be problematic for young kids, pregnant women, and the elderly. But we can provide fillings made from composite resin, a metal-free material that blends acrylic and glass. The material is safe for all ages and can be shaded to blend with your smile seamlessly. We also use this in our dental bonding procedures to tackle esthetic ones with the color and shape of the teeth, or to even repair minor damage.
Placing Your Filling
Then filling placement only takes one visit, and prevents your decay from becoming an infection. To get started, we will numb your tooth and then remove all decay from it. We clean the tooth and may etch portions of the outer structure. We prepare and place the material onto the tooth, and then sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures beneath a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance and to ensure optimal results. Polishing it also makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth in between your six-month cleaning visits.
If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like tooth decay, or about the process of placing a lifelike dental filling, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to make sure you can smile with confidence and enjoy good oral health too!
SCHEDULE YOUR RESTORATIVE TREATMENT TODAY
Our team wants to help you enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile with our lifelike restorative treatment options. To learn more about how we treat cavities in only one visit with our natural looking dental restorations, call our office in Livonia, MI at (734) 425-4400!