A dental filling doesn’t have to be made from metals like silver or amalgam. Instead, your Austin, MN, dentists know how to treat tooth decay with a restoration that looks natural and has the ability to last for years to come. Treating your tooth decay, as we will explain, also helps prevent major complications, including tooth infection!
Composite Resin Material
Metal fillings are effective, but they have a few downsides. For example, amalgam restorations contain trace amounts or mercy, making them less than ideal for kids, pregnant women, and the elderly. These options are also problematic for those with metal allergies. However, with composite resin our fillings are completely free of all metals. They’re made from a blend of glass-like and acrylic particles, which can stay in place for decades to come and also be color-matched to blend with your smile. In fact, we use the same material in our dental bonding procedures to offer single-visit repair for minor damage or to mask common cosmetic issues, including stained teeth.
Placing Dental Fillings
If we find you have a cavity, then we will start treatment by administering a numbing agent to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, we need to carefully remove all decay from the tooth itself. Afterward, we will prepare and place the composite resin material. We then shape the tooth and cure the material with a special light. Our team next checks the balance and adjusts the restoration to ensure your smile fits together properly before polishing your tooth for a more esthetically-friendly appearance. The entire process only takes one visit, so you leave with a restored smile!
The Benefits of Treating Cavities
Cavities spread with time, and could eventually allow the inner pulp, a collection of living tissues that keep your tooth functional, to come into contact with bacteria. The result is a painful infection or abscess, one that could even mean eventual tooth loss. Treating a cavity not only halts aches and sensitivity, but prevents these complications to preserve your smile. Our team will then discuss methods of prevent further cavities, such as proper brushing and flossing, routine six-month checkup and cleaning visits, or better diets at home. If you have any questions about protecting your smile from the onset of tooth decay, or about treating your aching tooth with a lifelike dental restoration, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a comfortable smile!
Ready for a Restorative Visit?
A lifelike dental restoration helps preserve the health, balance, and beauty of your smile. Be sure to contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312. Our team knows how to treat issues like cavities and infection, protecting your smile and keeping it bright for years to come.