Tooth decay impacts people of all ages, from children to adults. While common, cavities do cause serious complications for your oral health. Without treatment, the stability of your smile could be a at risk. To help our Olathe, KS, patients enjoy healthy smiles, we may recommend a tooth-colored filling to restore the health and function of your smile.
The Causes (and Dangers) of Tooth Decay
How do cavities form? Well, tooth decay occurs when bacteria reach the inner layers of dentin, which make up most of your tooth structure. For this to happen, the outer tooth enamel needs to become weakened or damaged. Poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugary foods and drinks could erode the outer enamel, while injury could chip or crack a tooth. Once the cavity forms, patients may eventually begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. A toothache may then form, one that grows more severe with time. Lack of treatment could allow an infection to form, threatening the very stability of the tooth.
The Dental Fillings
Treating decay early means protecting the tooth from infection and the risk of tooth loss. A dental filling enables your Olathe dentist to target the area and restore the smile. Instead of metal, we use a composite resin, a metal-free material that can be shaded to match the color of the tooth. Being made without metal means they’re safe for adults with metal allergies, children, seniors, and even pregnant women.
Repairing Smiles with Composite Resin
The procedure begins with the dentist removing the decay and thoroughly cleaning the tooth. Afterward, we prepare the composite resin and place the material into the effected area. We shape the tooth as it cures under a light and complete the procedure by polishing the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. The tooth will look material and avoid the complications of untreated cavities. Should you have severe tooth decay that borders on infection, then our team will create a custom-made dental crown, one made with natural looking ceramic to again ensure lifelike tooth repair. In addition, remember that routine homecare, including brushing and flossing, and cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, helps prevent cavities. You should also see us every six months an exam to identify decay and a cleaning to remove plaque, reducing your risk. If you have any question, please contact our team today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
If you have decay, then you need treatment to maintain a healthy smile. To schedule a consultation and discuss our restorative treatment options, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, and all surrounding communities.