When you have a cavity, a filling could stop discomfort and protect your smile. Instead of relying only on metal, we have a lifelike version that looks great and offers restorative improvement. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists will discuss how we create and place these lifelike dental fillings with a discreet approach!
When a Smile Requires One
A filling is a restoration that takes only one visit to apply and is used to treat tooth decay. A cavity forms when your outer is compromised and allows bacteria to reach the inner sensitive layers, known as dentin. This could happen due to poor oral hygiene, such as improved brushing and flossing and a diet high in sugar. This could leave behind particles of food for bacteria to consume, which creates a layer of plaque buildup and weakens outer enamel. An injury could also be responsible, cracking or chipping the outer enamel. Over time, the tooth could become sensitive when you eat or drink, or ache. If this happens, let us know right away!
The Use of Composite Resin
While metal fillings are effective, they also contain trace amounts of mercury, making them unsafe for young children, the elderly, and pregnant women. In addition, the material could change shape with time, and lead to a greater risk of future cavities. For our fillings, we use composite resin. A blend of glass-like and acrylic particles, this is free of metal and is safe for all ages. The material can be shaded to blend with the rest of the tooth and offer a lifelike appearance. We even use the same material in our dental bonding procedure to repair minor damage and mask discoloration!
Placement and Preservation
If we find decay that needs treatment, we will first administer a local numbing agent to the area around the tooth so you feel comfortable during treatment. Next, we need to remove all decay and thoroughly clean the surface of it. We may even etch the surfaces too. The material is then prepared and applied, and the dentist sculpts the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The last step is to thoroughly polish it for a brighter appearance. To help prevent future cavities, be sure you brush and floss daily, cut back on sugary foods, and see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR RESTORATIONS?
We would like to halt cavities and prevent the onset of a dental infection. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about our lifelike dental restorations. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.