If you have a tooth that hurts, and the ache doesn’t pass after a few hours, then you may have decay that needs treatment! To bring relief and prevent complications, we could place a dental filling in one visit. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist explains how we treat cavities with our composite resin dental fillings.
The Dangers of an Aching Tooth
Minor aches that pass after a few hours could be the result of changes in elevation, cold winter air, or even sinus or allergy issues. However, if the ache persists for more than a day, then the cause may be an advanced case of tooth decay, or the early stages of dental infection. Unless addressed quickly, these concerns could mean worsening pain, and in some cases, the loss of a tooth or the spread of infection to other parts of the smile! Which means when you encounter sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or a painful ache, you should let us know right away.
A Filling That Looks Natural
We start with an exam, in which we take a detailed look at your smile using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, so we can identify the earliest stages of demineralization or other indicators of developing cavities or infection. If we find an issue that needs attention, we will offer treatment. For a cavity, we can halt the ache and treat the decay. We first remove any and all decay, and then thoroughly clean the tooth itself. Next, we prepare and place the filling material. We use a metal-free composite resin, which blends glass and acrylic for an option that can be tinted to blend with your smile. The final step involves polishing the tooth to ensure a more attractive appearance. We complete the entire process in one sitting, so you leave with a healthier smile!
Protecting Smiles From Cavities
You can also take steps to lower the risk of cavities! For example, brushing and flossing removes trapped food particles, which reduces the severity of plaque buildup and lowers the risk of enamel erosion. Consuming fewer sugary foods and drinks helps too, as you deprive harmful bacteria of fuel. We also suggest seeing us every six months, so our exams can identify the earliest stages of cavities, often before you experience discomfort. Our cleanings then remove all plaque and tartar to help prevent enamel erosion. If you have any questions about treating or preventing cavities, then contact our team today!
Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dental Care?
A filling looks natural and provides a durable solution for cavities. To learn more about our treatment options for tooth decay, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.