If you have pain in one or more of your teeth, and the aches don’t subside after a few hours, then you may have a cavity. In order to treat the issue and return your tooth to full function and health, we may suggest a dental filling, which repairs the tooth and prevents major complications. Don’t ignore your toothache, talk to your Smithville, MO, dentist right away!

Toothaches and Tooth Decay

Each of our teeth have a protective layer made up of tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. The layer protects the teeth from injury, cavities, and infection. However, should that layer become damaged or compromised, then bacteria could reach the inner layers of dentin, which are sensitive and porous, causing a cavity. People then being to experience tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, as well as a toothache. Over time, as the acidity grows more severe, the pain will increase as well. An injury that cracks or chips a tooth could lead to cavities, but the most common cause is poor oral hygiene, which enables plaque buildup to coat the teeth and weaken and erode the enamel.

Our Lifelike Dental Fillings

If you experience pain in your tooth, let us know. If we uncover signs of a cavity, then we will begin treatment by removing the decay from the tooth and thoroughly cleaning it. Then, we apply a composite resin material in several layers. Metal-free, composite resin can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth structure. We cure the material with a light and complete the procedure by polishing the tooth. The entire procedure only takes one visit and offers a lifelike solution to tooth decay, preventing the onset of an infection.

Keeping Smiles Healthy

But what can you do to avoid cavities in the future? First, try to cut back on sugary and starchy foods, or drinks with lots of sugar or a high acid content. These items provide particles for bacteria to feed on, leading to plaque buildup and weakened tooth enamel. You also need to brush your teeth twice a day and always floss before going to sleep. Make time to see us for routine checkups and cleanings, so we can identify cavities in the earliest stages and offer treatment before you experience discomfort. A cleaning removes all plaque and helps safeguard the smile against decay and infection. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today!

Do You Have an Aching Tooth?

Don’t ignore discomfort, talk to your dentist before more serious oral health concerns arise. To learn more about restorative dentistry, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Smithville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.