As part of our approach to restorative dentistry, we offer lifelike dental fillings. Not only do they stop the progression of tooth decay, but they also help you avoid the onset of a painful dental infection. How do we place these natural looking restorations, and when should you see your Kansas City, MO, dentist for restorative care?
Cavities and Dental Infections
The thin, but powerful, outer layer of tooth enamel protects the sensitive inner structure of our teeth from coming into contact with harmful bacteria. However, should the outer layer of enamel weaken or become damaged, then bacteria reach the inner dentin, causing a cavity. Without treatment, the cavity grows until bacteria reaches the inner pulp, the living tissues in the center of the tooth and in the root canals that keeps the tooth alive and healthy. A dental infection or abscess could then form. Our enamel may weaken as a result of poor oral hygiene, which coats the teeth in plaque and erodes the protective layer. An injury that cracks or chips the tooth could also be responsible. Warning signs of a cavity or infection include persistent tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, toothaches, pain when eating, swelling near the tooth, or a discharge from the tooth.
Placing a Filling
If you have an aching tooth and we find a cavity, then we may place a filling. We begin by removing any decay and then cleaning the tooth. The metal-free material we use is prepared and shaded to match the tooth. We place the material and shape the tooth as it cures under a light. We then polish the tooth for a more natural looking appearance. In one visit, we stop the progression of decay and protect your tooth from infection. Should we discover your tooth is already infected, then we may need to perform a root canal to remove the infected tissue, capping the tooth with a custom-made and lifelike dental crown.
Did you know that cutting back on sugary foods and drinks could protect your smile from decay? Other preventive measures include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing thoroughly before going to bed. Be sure you see us for a checkup so we can examine your smile for the warning signs of decay. We will also perform a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, protecting your smile from cavities and infection.
BAILEY DENTAL CARE OFFERS RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
At Bailey Dental Care, we want to help you enjoy optimal oral health with a lifelike and durable dental restoration. To learn more about our improving your oral health, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.