Do you have a toothache? While aches are common in the winter due to the chill in the air or sinus issues, persistent pain could mean a cavity. If you have a toothache or tooth sensitivity, the you may need to see our team for treatment. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist talks about our single-visit and natural-looking solution for cavities.
The Signs of a Decayed Tooth
A cavity forms once bacteria makes contact with the sensitive inner tooth structure, which happens once the outer layer is compromised. The enamel could become chipped or cracked due to injury, or worn away as a result of plaque buildup, which accumulates due to poor oral hygiene. People tend to notice a cavity once tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks arises, or when a persistent toothache develops. At this point, the cavity has likely reached a more advanced stage and treatment is needed to avoid the onset of an infection or abscess.
The Dental Filling
If you have regular pain in one or more of your teeth, let us know. Using digital x-rays and other technologies, we can perform a detailed exam and identify the presence of a cavity. For many, we can treat the issue in one visit with a filling. Instead of using metal, we create them with a composite resin, a unique blend of glass and acrylic compounds that can be shaded to match the color of surrounding tooth structure. After we remove the decay, we will apply this material. While curing the material under a special light, the dentist will sculpt and mold the tooth for a more attractive appearance. The final step is a thorough polishing. In one visit, you safeguard your smile against the threat of painful infection!
Keeping Cavities Away
To try and limit your risk of decay this year (and next) be sure you cut back on sugary foods and drinks. Make time to brush your teeth for two minutes when you wake up and again before going to bed. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You also need to floss up and down each side of every tooth to remove the bits of food a toothbrush cannot reach. If you have any questions about protecting your smile from serious oral health concerns, then contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you start the holidays with a bright and healthy smile!
Do You Need a Filling?
Our team would like to help you start 2020 with a stunning and healthy new smile! For more information on our restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.