When you have a cavity, this could cause discomfort, infection, and even lead to tooth loss! To offer treatment, you may need to receive a filling. Instead of metal, we can offer a composite resin option that looks natural and preserves your smile. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists talk about our natural-looking fillings.
The Causes of Tooth Decay
A cavity means that harmful bacteria has created a whole in your tooth, and allowed bacteria to reach the more sensitive inner tissues. The decay will grow and spread without treatment, so pain and sensitivity will increase, as will the risk of an infection. Causes could include poor oral hygiene habits, which allow plaque buildup to flourish and weaken the outer enamel. A diet high in sugar and starch is a factor too. For others, teeth grinding or an injury to a tooth could damage enamel and expose the inner dentin to bacteria. When you experience persistent aches or pain in a tooth, let us know right away! We can perform an exam with digital technology to discover the earliest stages of a cavity, and treat it before your smile suffers infection or tooth loss.
The Benefits of Composite Resin
For most cases of tooth decay, we offer a solution in only one visit using a dental filling. Instead of metal, ours will be made from composite resin. This is a metal-free blend with acrylic and plastic-like particles, which are durable and long-lasting. We can color-match it to blend with the rest of your tooth, offering a natural appearance. We apply the material after we remove the decay and clean the tooth. We use a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable. We then sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The last step involves polishing the tooth for a more natural appearance. Again, this only takes one visit to complete!
What Happens Next?
After your filling procedure, you can start making changes to your routines to lower the risk of future cavities. For example, be sure you take time to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Each session should last at least two minutes. You also need to floss every evening as well! Try to cut back on sugary and starchy foods and drinks as well, and avoid tobacco products. Finally, make time to see us for a checkup and cleaning visit! We want to help you enjoy a healthy and whole smile.
Talk To Your Austin, MN Dentist About Cosmetic Restorations
We would like to discuss the best way to treat cavities in only one visit. If you would like to find out more about treating tooth decay, then contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Dr. Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.