Whether due to injury or the tooth, or simply too many sugar foods and drinks in our diet, nearly of all us will develop a cavity at some point. But how does your Olathe, KS, dentist fix a cavity? What makes a dental filling a lifelike solution to tooth decay?
What Causes a Cavity?
To understand how a tooth decay forms, you need to understand the structure of your teeth. Our outer layers of tooth structure are made from tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. This layer protects the teeth from harmful bacteria and injury. Beneath to enamel is dentin, which makes up most of the tooth. The structure is much more sensitive. Finally, at the center of the tooth is a bundle of living tissue known as the pulp.
A cavity forms when bacteria moves past the enamel and reaches the inner dentin. The outer layer of enamel could become compromised due to poor oral hygiene or injury. Once a cavity forms, it continues to grow and spread unless treated. If bacteria reaches the pulp, then a harmful infection could form.
The Dental Filling
If you attend regular checkups, then we will uncover any decay in the earliest possible stages. Otherwise, you may not know you have cavities until you experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If you have persistent pain in your tooth, then see us right away. We will offer treatment to restore your tooth and prevent the onset of an infection.
A dental filling will be created using a metal-free and tooth-colored material known as composite resin. We will shade the material to match your tooth and apply it after removing the decay and cleaning the tooth. After we cure the filling, we will polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. In a single visit, your Olathe, KS, dentist can restore the health and appearance of your tooth.
Preventing Future Tooth Decay
With the right steps, one can reduce the risks of tooth decay. First, be sure to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as the particles left behind will be broke down by bacteria, leading to plaque buildup and eventually, enamel erosion. We also suggest taking time to brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before going to bed. Finally, always find time to see us every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning!
Do You Need a Dental Filling?
We want to help restore your smile to optimal health and function. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.