When dental cavities form, this could cause painful symptoms and eventually leave your tooth at risk of being lost. But our team can provide not only lifelike treatment, but also a treatment to help prevent the onset of cavities. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentist talks about treating and preventing cavities.
Let’s talk about tooth decay. A cavity forms in the dentin, the tooth structure that is usually protected by the outer enamel. Poor oral hygiene habits, such as a diet high in sugar and infrequent brushing and flossing, can allow plaque buildup to develop that weakens the outer enamel. In addition, injury or teeth grinding can compromise the enamel too. When the cavity forms, it will continue to grow and spread unless treated. So, a minor cavity could mean a serious toothache and eventually, an infected or lost tooth. When you experience persistent tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a toothache that doesn’t subside, then contact our team for treatment.
In many cases, we can treat a case of tooth decay with a dental filling. This only takes one visit, and offers lifelike results. Instead of metal, we use composite resin, which is metal-free and can be shaded to blend with the surrounding tooth structure. Placement is simple. We numb the tooth, remove decay, and then apply the prepared material in several layers. As we cure the composite resin, we shape and sculpt the tooth for proper appearance and a balanced bite. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance and a smoother feel. In one visit, we prevent worsening pain and avoid the onset of an infected tooth!
We also have a unique preventive treatment to help avoid the onset of a cavity. Dental sealants are a special plastic coating we add to the rear teeth, which are often the most difficult for people to reach when they brush and floss. For kids and adults alike, this layer stays in place for up to ten years and prevents food particles from becoming stuck on or between these teeth. As they gradually wear away, they cling to the more vulnerable parts of the tooth structure the longest! If you have any questions about how we treat or prevent tooth decay, then give us a call today.
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We would like to help smiles of all ages stay strong and healthy. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about treating teeth with dental cavities. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-586-2718. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.