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A Lifelike Way to Treat Cavities

August 18, 2021

When you have a cavity, you have an issue that will grow worse with time. To offer a discreet and lifelike treatment, your Kansas City, MO, dentist will place a dental filling. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we create a natural-looking filling, and what you can do to avoid future cavities.

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The Causes and Symptoms of a Cavity

A cavity means that harmful oral bacteria has come into contact with the dentin, the sensitive structure that makes up most of your tooth. The dentin is usually protected by the outer layer of tooth enamel. However, poor oral hygiene could coat the enamel in plaque and cause it to erode with time. Likewise, an injury could damage the enamel and expose the dentin as well. When a cavity forms, it will spread through the tooth unless treated. Eventually, the tooth could develop an infection. You should let us know when you experience tooth sensitivity and a toothache that doesn’t pass after a few hours, as this could be a sign that your tooth needs treatment right away.

Created a Tooth-Colored Filling

We start by examining your tooth to identify the cavity and assess the severity. If a filling is appropriate, we will administer numbing agents to ensure you feel comfortable. Next, we remove the decay for the tooth and then thoroughly clean it. The filling material is prepared and shaded to blend with your tooth. Instead of metal, we use composite resin, which offers a lifelike appearance and is safe for people of all ages. We apply the mayoral and then shape the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. In one visit we stop your decay and prevent further discomfort.

Safeguarding Your Smile

Following your restoration, you should consider taking steps to keep your tooth alive and functional. For example, be sure you brush and floss daily to remove food particles and reduce the severity of plaque buildup. Also, try to avoid sugary foods and drinks, as these could feed harmful oral bacteria. You should also see us for a checkup and cleaning, so we can keep an eye on your smile and also remove plaque buildup. If you have any questions about treating a cavity with a filling, or avoiding the onset of tooth decay, then contact our team to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?

Our team would like to help you find the best solution for your tooth decay. To learn more about the process of treating tooth decay, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018. We’re ready to help your family maintain good oral health.