Cavities can impact people of all ages. Even if we brush and floss, there is still the risk of cavities forming as only 1% to 2% of the population are immune to dental caries. So, what happens when you develop a cavity? For people with tooth decay, your Olathe, KS, dentist can offer treatment in a single visit with tooth-colored dental fillings.
The Dangers of Ignoring Your Tooth Decay
Did you know that cavities actually grow and spread through a tooth unless treated? A cavity begins when bacteria is no longer held at bay by the outer layer of protective tooth enamel. Poor oral hygiene, which could cause enamel erosion, or injury, which could chip or fracture a tooth, enable bacteria to move past the enamel and reach the more sensitive and porous dentin beneath. The result is a cavity, one that will grow and lead to more severe toothaches and tooth sensitivity over time. Without treatment, the tooth could become infected, causing severe discomfort and even the risk of a lost tooth. Addressing your cavities is essential for protecting your smile’s health and stability.
Single Visit Dental Fillings
To prevent infection and tooth loss, we can treat a cavity in a single visit with a filling. Instead of metal, our restoration will be made from composite resin, a metal-free mixture of glass and plastic compounds. We can shade the material to match the color of the teeth. We remove decay and apply the material to the tooth. As the material cures under a light, the dentist can shape the tooth. The final step is a polishing, which ensures a more natural appearance. The filling prevents a tooth from becoming infected.
Protecting Smiles from Tooth Decay
Did you know that with a few simple steps, you can limit the risk of cavities forming? Prevention starts with routine homecare. You should brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Be sure you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride! Flossing removes what a toothbrush cannot reach, so you should floss before bed. Also, cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as healthier diets don’t leave behind sugar particles for bacteria to feed on. Finally, make time to see us for regular checkups and cleanings, so we can remove plaque and watch for the earliest warning signs of a cavity. If you have any questions about our fillings, or about keeping your smile cavity free, then contact our team today.
Does Your Smile Need a Restoration?
If you have pain in a tooth, talk to us about possible restorative solutions. For more information on our lifelike repair and restoration options, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.