When you or a member of your family have a toothache, this could be due to a dental cavity. Without treatment, the decay could lead to an infection or possibly a missing tooth. However, your Syosset, NY, dentist can offer treatment with a tooth filling, one made from a lifelike and biocompatible composite resin material.
The Causes of Toothaches
A toothache could be the result of a cavity, one that forms when the outer enamel is compromised. This layer is the hardest substance in the human body, but poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup can weaken and erode the enamel to allow bacteria to reach the sensitive inner dentin, leading to tooth decay. Injury or even chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) could also impact your enamel and make cavities possible. When you notice tooth sensitivity during meals, or a toothache that doesn’t pass after a few hours, then you need to see our team for treatment right away. Otherwise, an infection could occur that if left untreated, could lead to severe discomfort and even the risk of a lost tooth.
Treatment with a Filling
Our team will take detailed digital x-rays of your smile, which provide images instantly without the need for bitewings or a lengthy development period. The system also uses 90% less radiation! Then images allow us to assess the position and severity of your cavity. We then numb the tooth to keep you comfortable as we remove decay and prepare the tooth for the filling placement. We clean the tooth and apply a composite resin, a metal-free material safe for all ages. We apply this in several layers and then cure the material as we sculpt and mold the tooth. The material is shaded to blend with your tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth. In one visit, we treat your cavity or bring relief and offer lifelike results.
Taking Steps to Prevent Cavities
You can then take steps to help prevent the onset of a cavity. For example, limit your consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar, take time to brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and of course, floss every evening before bed. You should also see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and remove all harmful plaque and tartar to keep enamel strong. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating cavities, or about preventing the onset of tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Custom Tooth Fillings?
When a cavity forms, treatment could help prevent an infected or lost tooth. To learn more about our lifelike and durable dental restorations, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.