If you begin to experience sensitivity in your teeth, especially when eating or drinking hot/cold foods and drinks, please let your Gladstone, MO, dentist know. Tooth sensitivity could be linked to decay and mean that treatment is crucial for avoiding infection. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the causes of sensitive teeth and how we treat them with artistic restorations.
Sensitivity and Tooth Decay
Cavities form when harmful bacteria is no longer held back by the outer layers of tooth enamel, and instead reach the inner structure, known as the dentin. While tooth enamel typically prevents harmful bacteria from reaching the dentin, should the tooth become worn down, cracked, or chipped, then cavities can form. Likewise, poor oral hygiene could eventually weaken and erode tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. When a cavity forms, the teeth could become sensitive. While toothaches and tooth sensitivity could also be the result of sinus infections or allergy issues, these aches will be short-lived. If pain and sensitive teeth persist for more than a day, then you need to see us right away.
Artistic Tooth Fillings
In some cases, we may recommend a fluoride varnish to strengthen the outer tooth enamel, or special toothpastes to reduce sensitivity. However, if you have a cavity that has already formed, then a filling may be necessary to halt the progression of tooth decay and prevent further discomfort. The process begins with preparation, as we remove decay from your tooth and clean it. Next, we prepare the filling material. Made from a metal-free material, the composite resin we use can also be shaded to match the color of the tooth being treated. We apply the material in several layers, sculpting and molding the tooth while the composite resin cures under a light. The last step involves polishing the tooth for a more natural appearance.
Avoiding Future Cavities
What can be done to avoid future cases of sensitive teeth and cavities? First, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks. Also, be sure you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride and toothbrush with soft bristles. Be sure you floss every night before bed as well. Also, let us examine your smile and clean it twice a year. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities and sensitive teeth, or if you think you need treatment, then please contact our team today.
BAILEY DENTAL CARE TREATS CAVITIES
At Bailey Dental Care, our team offers a lifelike and single-visit solution for a cavity for patients of all ages. To learn more about our restorative dental fillings and other solutions to tooth decay, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.