When you have an aching tooth, this could be a sign of a cavity. To prevent infection and tooth loss, your Olathe, KS, dentists could offer a solution with a dental filling. We also have dental sealants to help safeguard smiles from the onset of cavities. Find out what you need to know about identifying and treating cavities!
The Warning Signs of Cavities
When you notice sensitivity when you eat or drink, or if you have a toothache that has lasted for more than a day, this could all indicate the presence of a cavity. Once your tooth hurts this means the decay has reached a more advanced stage, one that could become an infection unless treated. Cavities form once the outer enamel is damaged or eroded. Damage could occur due to injuries or teeth grinding, erosion could be the impact of plaque buildup and poor oral hygiene. If you attend checkup visits every six months, then we can likely identify a cavity before you even experience discomfort.
A filling helps people of all ages. Being metal-free means this is safe for kids and adults alike. The composite resin material can also be shaded to blend with your tooth, and could stay in place for years to come. We begin by offering a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable and numb the area. We then remove decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean it. The composite resin is then administered in several layers. As these layers cure under a light, we sculpt and mold the tooth. The last step is to polish the tooth thoroughly for a brighter appearance. In one visit, we offer a lifelike solution for dental cavities.
Prevention with Sealants
For kids and adults with limited dexterity, we could also discuss dental sealants. These are an acrylic coating we add to the rear teeth. This prevents food from becoming stuck between difficult to rear molars, which then lowers the risk of tooth decay. They can last for 5 to 10 years on average, wearing away gradually with time. If you have any questions about how we treat issues like tooth decay with a filling, or about avoiding the onset of cavities with dental sealants, then contact our team today to learn more.
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We’re ready to help you find a solution for painful tooth decay, or lower your risk of developing them. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about how we treat tooth decay. 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.