When a cavity forms, your Astoria, NY, dentist offers treatment to prevent a minor issue from becoming something more serious, such as an infection or abscess. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we identify and treat dental cavities. With our composite resin fillings, we can provide a long-lasting and tooth-colored solution to cavities.
Why Do Cavities Form?
Tooth decay happens when our outer layer of tooth enamel is no longer able to adequately protect the teeth. Our enamel typically protects the inner layers of dentin and the pulp from exposure to harmful bacteria, safeguarding them against decay and infection. However, an injury that cracks or chips the enamel, or poor oral hygiene that allows plaque buildup to occur and weaken this layer, means bacteria can reach the dentin and can cause a cavity to form. The cavity will grow and spread unless treated, eventually leading to an infected tooth.
A Lifelike Filling
In order to treat the cavity and prevent a minor issue from becoming a painful infection or a lost tooth, we need to halt the progression of decay. To accomplish this, we will place a dental filling. We begin by removing the decay from the tooth and then preparing the material we use, which is metal-free and made form a composite resin we can shade to match the color of your teeth. We apply the material and then shape the tooth as we cure it under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The entire procedure takes just one sitting to complete.
Keeping Cavities Away
Following treatment, your tooth will no longer ache, and you will be protected from serious complications. To help limit the risk of cavities occurring in the future, we may suggest taking time to brush your teeth twice a day and floss before bed, which removes food particles and reduces the risk of plaque buildup. You can also wear a mouthguard when playing sports to lower the chances of injury, and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. These steps help limit the chances of a cavity forming! In addition, be sure to let us know if you happen to experience the warning signs of a cavity, such as an aching tooth or persistent tooth sensitivity. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our office today.
Do You Have an Aching Tooth?
If you have pain in a tooth, then you may have cavity that needs treatment. Otherwise, a minor issue could soon grow into something much more serious. For more information on our restorative treatments, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.