Just because you have a cavity doesn’t mean you have to receive a metal restoration. In fact, your Bedford, MA, dentist can provide a treatment that looks natural and still provides a durable and long-lasting solution. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we treat tooth decay with a lifelike dental filling.
The Warning Signs of a Cavity
How do you know if you have a cavity? Well, if you attend a regular checkup visit, we may be able to identify one in the earliest stages, before you experience discomfort. However, if outside of these visits you notice your teeth feel sensitive or begin to ache, and the pain doesn’t subside after a day or two, then you should see us. This could mean you have an advanced case of tooth decay, and that treatment is crucial for avoiding painful infections that could increase the risk of losing the tooth altogether!
A Biocompatible Treatment Option
To treat a cavity, we start by removing the decay from your tooth and then thoroughly cleaning it. Next, we prepare and place the composite resin. Instead of using metal, we employ a unique mix of glass and acrylic that can be shaded to match the color of your tooth. We apply this and then shape the tooth as cure it under a light. Finally, our team will thoroughly polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. In a single visit, we offer a lifelike solution! If you have a more severe case of tooth decay or infection, then we could create a natural-looking dental crown.
Further Cavity Prevention
To keep yourself cavity-free, make sure you see us every few months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and remove the plaque and tartar buildup that would otherwise weaken the outer enamel and cause cavities to form. At home, be sure you brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed for about two minutes. You should use a fluoride toothpaste when you do. We also suggest flossing in between each of your teeth before bed as well, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot. Finally, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as this feed harmful bacteria and increases the risk of tooth decay. If you have any questions about treating or avoiding cavities, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About General Dentistry?
Don’t let a minor cavity lead to issues with the health and stability of your smile. To learn more about our approach to general and preventive dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.