Brushing and flossing are the most important habits you can maintain to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Failing to keep up with them can lead to the formation of cavities, which will have to be treated with dental fillings. If your tooth becomes affected with decay, DFW Crown Dental can treat it to restore function to it in Dallas, TX.
When brushing and flossing do not happen regularly, plaque may begin to build upon the teeth surfaces. Plaque contains bacteria that produce damaging acids. These acids can eventually eat away at the teeth enamel and cause a cavity to form. To treat it, the decay will be removed and replaced with a filling.
Fillings can be made from a variety of materials, such as amalgam (metal), ceramic, and glass ionomer. The most commonly-used material is composite because it can be made to match the color of the surrounding teeth, producing an inconspicuous restoration. It is also strong and durable. It is important to have a cavity treated promptly because failing to do so can cause more serious damage as the decay worsens.
Cavities will usually be detected during your routine exam at DFW Crown Dental, and your dentist can treat it with a filling in the same visit, though additional appointments may be necessary if more than one cavity is present.
To place a filling, your dentist will first numb the affected tooth and the surrounding gums and skin using an anesthetic to lessen any pain or discomfort. You may still be able to feel movement in your mouth as the work is being done, but you won’t have any sense of pain. The decay will be removed using a dental drill and cleaned before the filling is placed. The filling material will be applied in layers, with each one being cured (hardened) before the next one is applied. Once all the layers have been placed, any excess material will be trimmed off to ensure that the tooth fits with the bite of the rest of the teeth.
When you or your family become affected with tooth decay, DFW Crown Dental is available in Dallas to treat it and restore your oral health.