dental fillingWhen you have a cavity, this could mean pain in your smile and a higher risk of serious complications. However, a filling can seal the tooth and protect it from infections while also putting a stop to discomfort. In today’s blog, your Baxter, MN, dentist explains how a filling helps protect your smile, while also looking completely lifelike!

Does a Toothache Mean I Have a Cavity?

A cavity means that the outermost layer of enamel, which protects your tooth, has become compromised. For example, poor oral hygiene could weaken and erode the enamel, and an injury or teeth grinding could wear away or chip/crack this layer. The inner dentin is then exposed to bacteria, allowing a cavity to form. As the cavity grows more severe with time, the tooth could feel sensitive or even ache, with pain growing worse. If you attend routine checkup visits, we will likely identify the problem before you even experience discomfort! But if you do have a toothache, let us know right away.

Placing a Lifelike Filling

If we discover tooth decay when we examine your smile, our team may suggest a filling to treat the area and prevent the onset of infection or abscess. We will begin by removing all decay from the tooth itself. Next, we clean the tooth thoroughly and apply the filling material. We use a metal-free blend of glass an acrylic, which we tint to blend with the tooth. We apply the material and then shape it as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. The entire process takes one visit, and helps prevent the need for a crown or root canal procedure!

Better Homecare to Safeguard Your Smile

Following your treatment, you can take steps to help avoid further tooth decay. For example, you can make time to brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed, for about two minutes each time. You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and a toothpaste with fluoride. You also need to floss before bed too, as flossing removes what a toothbrush alone cannot reach, removing food particles and lowering the risk of cavities. If you have any questions about preventing tooth decay, or about treating your aching teeth with a filling, then contact our team today. We want to help keep your smile strong, beautiful, and functional for many years to come!

Greenhaven Family Dental Seals Decayed Teeth With Restorations

Greenhaven Family Dental is ready to tackle your tooth decay with a lifelike and durable dental restoration. To learn more about restorative dentistry and cavity prevention, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.