At one time, a dental filling meant you received a metal restoration to stop tooth decay and protect your tooth. However, the metal would stand out against the rest of your tooth. But what if we could provide a version that looks natural, one that blends with your smile? Using composite resin, your Celina, TX, dentist will do just that!
The Dangers of a Cavity
A cavity forms when harmful bacteria come into contact with the inner dentin, the material that makes up most of the tooth but is usually protected by outer enamel. Over time, a cavity grows and spreads until the tooth develops a painful infection, one that could even lead to lost teeth. If you experience tooth sensitivity or toothaches that last more than a day, let us know so we can administer treatment. A number of factors could compromise the enamel, including cracks or chips in the teeth, as well as enamel erosion due to poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugar and starch.
The Benefits of a Filling
A filling is a unique restoration that only takes one visit to complete. The treatment involves removing decay from the tooth and then “filling” the exposed portions of the tooth to restore health, function, and yes, even beauty to the tooth once more. The restoration prevents the onset of an infection or abscess, protecting your tooth, and puts a halt to the discomfort associated with an untreated cavity. The composite resin material we use is safe for people of all ages, and provides a durable and long-lasting restoration for the smile.
Creating a Composite Resin Restoration
First, we will examine the smile to assess the severity of the cavity. In most cases, we treat it with a cavity, but we opt for a crown if the decay is severe. We then remove decay and clean the tooth. The composite resin is a blend of glass and acrylic that we tint to blend with your tooth. We apply the material in several layers, and then sculpt the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a special light. The final step involves polishing the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. In one visit, we help you avoid worsening discomfort and infection. If you have any questions about treating decayed teeth with a lifelike filling, or about steps to help lower the risk of cavities in the future, then contact our team today.
Your Celina, TX Dentist Provides Restorative Care
At our Celina, TX dentist’s office, we want to provide safe and lifelike solutions for issues like tooth decay and even dental infection. Find out more about our approach to restorative dentistry by calling Celina Family Dentistry at (214) 851-0130.