When we develop cavities, this could mean discomfort as the decay grows in severity, and an increased risk of an eventual infection. To prevent these complications, your Bedford, MA, dentist may suggest a filling. Fortunately, we offer a lifelike option made from a unique, metal-free material known as composite resin.
The Dangers of a Cavity
A cavity develops when harmful bacteria is able to reach the layers of enamel that make up most of your tooth structure. These sensitive layers are usually coated in protective enamel, but injury or poor oral hygiene could weaken and erode the enamel, exposing dentin. A cavity will grow in severity until bacteria reaches the pulp, causing an infection that could compromise tooth stability. Which is why treatment in the early stages with a filling is vital. If you notice your tooth feels sensitive or aches, then let us know right away. Attending six-month checkup visits also lets us keep an eye on your smile, and identify cavities early, often before you even experience discomfort.
Creating a Lifelike Filling
When we stop a cavity, we will remove all decay for the tooth and then thoroughly clean it. We prepare the filling material, a blend of glass and acrylic known as composite resin, and shade it to match the color of the tooth. We apply the material in several different layers, sculpting the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a light. The material is metal-free and safe for people of all ages, offering a lifelike repair for cavities in just one visit! We also use the same material in bonding procedure to repair minor damage, such as cracks and chips, and to mask permanent teeth stains.
Protecting Your Smile
You should begin taking steps to avoid the onset of cavities. First, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and items high in starch, as these leave behind particles that feed bacteria. You should also brush twice a day and floss every night before bed. At our office, we will suggest a cleaning every six months to remove all plaque and tartar, preventing enamel erosion and tooth decay. We also carefully examine the smile with advanced technology, looking for the earliest indicators of trouble. If you have any questions about how we prevent or treat tooth decay, or if you have a toothache that needs attention, then contact our team today to learn more!
Do You Have an Aching Tooth?
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a bright and healthy smile with a lifelike filling! To learn more about our approach to restorative dental care, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.