When you have a toothache that lasts for more than a day, you likely have a cavity that needs immediate attention. Tooth decay could cause discomfort and eventually leave smiles vulnerable to infections and abscesses. In today’s blog, your Londonderry, NH, dentist talks about how we stop cavities with a dental filling.
Tooth Decay and Aching Teeth
Our teeth are coated in enamel, a very strong substance that helps protect smiles from tooth decay. But when the enamel is compromised, this could allow bacteria to reach the inner dentin, leading to tooth decay. The weakened enamel could be due to plaque and tartar buildup brought on by poor oral health habits and a diet high in sugar and starch. The decay will spread with time, until the teeth develop sensitivity and aches that don’t subside but grow in severity with time. Treatment is crucial to prevent the cavity from causing a painful infection or even leading to the loss of a tooth.
Treatment with a Dental Filling
When you have a toothache, we will examine your smile to assess the cause, and if decay is present, the severity of the cavity. We then plan treatment to bring relief and save the tooth. In many cases, we offer treatment in one visit with a dental filling. The restoration is made from a metal-free composite resin that blends glass-like and acrylic particles. The material is biocompatible and can stay in place for years to come. The material is also safe for all ages, from kids to adults.
We simply numb the tooth so you’re comfortable as we remove the decay and clean the tooth. We then apply the composite resin, which we shade to blend with your tooth. Our team then cures the composite resin with a special light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance and to make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to adhere to the outer surfaces. In one visit we offer relief and a lifelike appearance!
Steps to Avoid Cavities
To help prevent cavities, be sure you brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss every evening too. Try to eat a healthier diet, one low in sugar and starch. Finally, be sure you see our team for a checkup and cleaning visit every six months. If you have any questions about how our team treats cavities with a filling then contact our team today!
Learn More About the Custom Restorations Offered By My Dentist In Londonderry, NH
We want to help you maintain optimal oral health and a smile that looks beautiful too. To learn more about stopping an aching tooth with a dental restoration, give us a call today at My Dentist in Londonderry, NH at (603)965-3407!