When a cavity forms, a toothache could soon follow. Unless treated, the risk of an infected tooth also increases! To avoid infections and prevent the loss of your tooth, your Astoria, NY, dentist may suggest a lifelike dental filling. How do we use fillings to stop cavities, and what steps can you take to avoid them in the future?
The Dangers of an Untreated Tooth Decay
A cavity forms when bacteria gains access the sensitive inner layers of tooth structure known as dentin. Usually, the outer enamel prevents this from happening, but factors like poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugary foods and drinks could coat the teeth in a plaque, weakening this layer. You could also expose your tooth by chipping or cracking it in an injury. When the decay forms, your tooth may begin to feel sensitive and could even ache. Unless treated, this could morph into an infection that threatens the stability of your smile!
Creating Your Lifelike Filling
To halt your cavity, our team will place a custom-made dental restoration in just one visit. We start by carefully removing all plaque and decay from the tooth, and then clean it thoroughly. Next, we prepare the composite resin, the blend of glass and acrylic we use to fill the tooth. We shade the material to better match the appearance of the tooth. We apply the material in multiple layers and then sculpt the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The final step involves polishing the tooth to help ensure a more lifelike appearance. Now, if you have a more substantial case of decay, we may suggest creating and placing a dental crown instead.
Steps for a Cavity-Free Future
To lower your risk of tooth decay, we suggest starting your day by brushing your teeth for two minutes when you wake up, using a toothpaste with fluoride. Do this again before you go to bed, and also floss thoroughly in between each of your teeth. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and let us know if you experience any sensitivity or aches. Once every six months or so, make time to visit our office so we can examine your smile and watch for the earliest warning signs of a cavity, and clean your teeth to remove plaque and protect your smile. If you have any questions about our fillings or about keeping cavities at bay, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?
We strive to help our patients maintain optimal oral health and avoid serious complications with lifelike treatment options. To learn more about our restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.