A cavity often means aches and sensitivity in your smile, as well as an increased risk of dental infection unless treated. But who do we treat a cavity? For our patients in Olathe, KS, with aching, decayed teeth, we may offer a filling. Instead of relying solely on metal restorations, we have a natural looking alternative that can blend with your smile!
Composite vs. Metal Fillings
While effective, metal fillings don’t exactly blend with your smile or offer cosmetic benefits. In addition, they may not be appropriate for young children, pregnant women, or people with metal allergies. Fortunately, we also offer a composite resin option. Made from a metal-free combination of acrylic and quartz-like compounds, this material is strong, durable, and can be shaded to match the tooth. After we remove the decay and place the material, we shape the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. We then polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. In one visit, we place a filling and treat your tooth decay, helping you maintain a healthy smile.
Did you know that cavities grow and spread over time? Eventually, without treatment the decay could reach the inner pulp. When your tooth’s nerve center comes into contact with harmful bacteria, the result could be an infection or abscess. A root canal may be necessary to prevent the loss of the tooth and the spread of infection to surrounding teeth. If you begin to experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, then see us right away, as discomfort could be a symptom of a cavity or the early stages of infection.
When to See Us
To avoid the onset of serious decay or infection, try to see us every six months. We will perform a checkup, which looks for the warning signs of cavities, signs that not be visible to you and may occur before you experience discomfort. We then treat the issue early. A cleaning also enables our team to remove plaque buildup, a major factor in preventing the onset of a dental cavity. We will also discuss homecare options to help prevent cavities, such as proper brushing and flossing and healthier diets. If you have any questions about identifying and treating cavities, or about preventing the issue, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have a Cavity?
Don’t let tooth decay cause problems for your smile’s health and beauty. Talk to our team about possible treatment options and preventive solutions. For more information on our restorative treatment options, including our lifelike dental fillings, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.