leawood dental fillingsWhen you have a toothache, this could mean the presence of a cavity in many cases. You need care to avoid the onset of infection, which worsens pain and increases the risk of tooth loss. But we can offer treatment in only one visit! In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS, dentist discusses our lifelike dental fillings.

Recognizing Signs of Tooth Decay

How do you know if you have a cavity that needs treatment? If you attend checkups every six months, then our team can likely identify them in the earliest stages of demineralization, before you even experience symptoms. Otherwise, you may not know you need treatment until the cavity reaches a more advanced stage, at which point the risk of infection is much higher. When you have tooth sensitivity during meals or even taking a drink, or if you have a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two, then you should let us know right away. Our team will use digital imaging to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, identifying the areas that need treatment and providing care to keep your smile whole.

Our Composite Resin Dental Fillings

A dental filling treats the decay and protects the tooth from discomfort and infection. While metal is effective, we opt for a composite resin that is safe for all ages and metal-free. This is biocompatible and bonds with your tooth, staying in place for years to come and blending with your smile, as we can shade the composite resin to match the surrounding tooth structure. Placement only takes one visit, as we will numb your tooth, remove the decay, and place the sist resin in several layers. We then sculpt and old the tooth to ensure proper balance as the material cures beneath a light. The last step is a polishing that brightens the teeth.

Preventing the Onset of Tooth Decay

While a filling can treat the cavity, we can also suggest tips to lower the risk of them forming in the future. For example, be sure you brush and floss daily to remove stray food and drink particles and prevent the plaque buildup that weakens and erodes the outer enamel. A dental cleaning during your six-month checkup visit can remove all plaque and tartar to protect smiles from cavities too. Good oral health habits also help fight issues like gingivitis and gum disease!

If you have any questions about how our team will diagnose and treat cavities in one visit with a dental filling, then contact our team today.

Do You Have a Toothache?

Our team can treat your tooth decay to prevent infection and keep your tooth in place. Call Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling (913)681-5500 to learn more about our durable and lifelike dental restorations.