If you have a cavity, you need a filling to avoid infections and worsening discomfort. Instead of a metal option, we provide one made from a lifelike material that is metal-free and offers a host of benefits for our patients. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists will look at how we create natural-looking dental fillings.
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
How do you know if you need treatment? If you attend your checkup and cleaning appointments every six months, then we will likely diagnose the presence of a cavity in the early stages, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need care until experiencing tooth sensitivity and toothaches. Over time, they could grow worse until you suffer from infections, worsening discomfort, and in some cases, the loss of the tooth.
Creating and Placing Your New Filling
If we discover a cavity, we will move forward with a filling to treat your smile. We start by removing any and all decay for the tooth, and then cleaning it thoroughly. Next, we prepare and place the filling material. We sculpt and mold the tooth as we cure this composite resin material under a light. The final step involves polishing the tooth thoroughly. In one visit, we can complete the process so you leave with a healthier smile.
Benefits and Cavity Prevention Tips
The material we use contains no metal, making it safe for people of all ages. The blend of glass and acrylic can be tinted to blend with surrounding tooth structure, offering a more lifelike appearance. The restoration fits comfortably and is biocompatible. They actually reflect the structure of your tooth, and can stay in place for decades to come. Placement also helps prevent the need for treatments like root canal therapy, as you stave off dental infection with treatment.
To avoid cavities, try to cut back on the consumption of sugary foods and drinks, as the particles left behind feed harmful oral bacteria, leading to plaque buildup and cavities. You should also brush your teeth when you wake up and once more before going to bed, for about two minutes each session. Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, as this helps strengthen the outer enamel. Flossing before bed is necessary too, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot reach. Finally, be sure to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Consider an appointment soon, so you can use your 2020 dental insurance benefits before they expire!
Do You Have a Toothache?
We’re ready to provide a long-lasting and lifelike solution to tooth decay, contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312. We’re ready to help you avoid the complications of an untreated cavity, and maintain optimal oral health.