Treating Cavities With A Filling That Looks Natural

kahoka dental fillingWhen a cavity forms, this could mean discomfort and could even lead to serious complications. To treat a cavity, we could employ a dental filling. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist talks about the steps we take to ensure the restoration looks natural and helps protect the smile from discomfort or dental infection.

Warning Signs of Tooth Decay

A cavity means that harmful oral bacteria has made contact with the inner layers of dentin, which are usually protected by the outer enamel. Poor oral hygiene habits could allow plaque buildup to accumulate and weakened the outer enamel, causing it to erode through demineralization. An injury that cracks or chips a tooth, or bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) could compromise your enamel too. When a cavity forms and begin to spread, you could experience persistent tooth sensitivity or even a toothache. Symptoms could grow more severe with time, and the risk of an infection could increase without treatment!

Creating a Dental Filling

When you have persistent pain in your smile, then let us know right away. When you arrive to our office, we will carefully examine your smile and assess the extent of your cavity. The next step is to provide treatment with a filling. We begin with a local numbing agent to keep you comfortable. We then remove all decay and clean the teeth thoroughly. Afterward, we will prepare and place the filling material! The material we use is metal-free and safe for all ages. We also color-match it to blend with the tooth and offer a lifelike appearance.

Placement and Prevention

We apply the composite resin material in several layers, and then sculpt he tooth as the material cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth to ensure a brighter appearance. The entire process only takes one visit. To help avoid future cavities, be sure you brush twice a day for two minutes, always using toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Try to consume fewer foods and drinks high in sugar too! Make time to see us for a checkup and cleaning appointment as well. These visits enable our team to keep an eye on your smile, addressing decay in the earliest stages, often before you experience discomfort. We also clean the teeth to remove all harmful plaque buildup completely!

If you have any questions about how we improve overall oral health, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team is ready to help treat cavities in only one visit. To find out more about how our team treats a case of tooth decay, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, by calling 660-727-4746.