When one of our Kahoka, MO, patients develops a cavity, we treat the decay with a filling, which prevents an infection and halts toothaches and sensitivity. For many years, metal restorations were the only option available. Fortunately, we can offer a one-visit option that employs a metal-free and lifelike material. How do we repair teeth with tooth-colored fillings?
Fillings That Blend With You Smile
While effective, metal fillings may not be safe for every patient. However, using metal-free composite resin, which is created from a mixture of quartz-like and acrylic compounds, is safe for people of all ages, whether they have metal allergies or are pregnant. We can shade the material to match the color of the surrounding tooth structure, ensuring the completed restoration blends with your smile. If you have tooth decay, we will remove the decay and add the material to the tooth. We then shape the tooth as the material cures under a light. We complete the procedure by polishing the tooth, offering a more lifelike repair in the process. The entire procedure takes just one sitting to complete.
Warning Signs of a Cavity
If you attend routine checkups, then we typically uncover the warning signs of cavities in the earliest stages, as decay takes about six months to form and ideally, you’ll have your teeth examined and cleaned every six months. However, if you begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or if your tooth begins to ache and the discomfort doesn’t pass after a few hours, then you may have a cavity. You should see us as soon as you begin to experience pain, as an untreated cavity could lead to dental infections and threaten the stability of your smile.
Keeping Smiles Free of Tooth Decay
While we’re ready to treat your cavity, we’re more eager to help you avoid them altogether. With regular visits for exams and cleanings, we can remove plaque and protect your smile from enamel erosion and cavities. We also recommend brushing your teeth in the morning and again at night for two minutes each session. Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, as this naturally-occurring mineral will strengthen outer enamel. You need to floss before going to bed and also try to cut back on the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. If you have any questions about keeping smiles healthy and cavity-free, then contact our team today. Let’s work on keeping your smile strong and bright!
Does Your Tooth Hurt?
If you experience pain in your smile, then you may need to have cavities treated. To learn more about our lifelike dental restorations, schedule a visit by calling Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).