When you have an aching tooth, this could mean the presence of tooth decay. Treating a cavity helps prevent worsening pain and dental infection too. Our team provides this restoration with a biocompatible and lifelike material. Our Oklahoma City, OK, dental practice talks about how we create and place our natural-looking composite resin filling.
When Tooth Decay Forms
How do you know if you have a cavity? One benefit of regular checkup and cleaning visits every six months is the chance to identify decay in the earliest state of demineralization, often before you experience discomfort. Otherwise, you may not be aware that you need restorative treatment, until your tooth hurts. Toothaches and tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking are common warning signs of trouble, a sign you need to see us for treatment. Otherwise, the decay could progress into an infection that needs immediate attention.
Composite resin is a unique blend of glass-like and acrylic-like particles. Since the material is completely metal-free, this is safe for patients of all ages. The material is biocompatible and bonds with the tooth, so your restoration is long lasting. The material can also be shaded to blend with the tooth and offer a lifelike appearance! In addition to treating your cavities, we can use this to correct cosmetic imperfections. In a dental bonding procedure, composite resin can mask teeth stains, reshape malformed or damaged teeth, lengthen worn down structures, and even close embarrassing gaps between teeth, all in one visit.
Placing Your Filling
This lifelike and durable material enables our team to treat tooth decay in only one sitting. We start by numbing your tooth and then removing all decay from it. We clean the tooth thoroughly and may etch the outer surfaces a bit too. We then prepare and shade the composite resin, and apply it in several layers. As we cure the composite resin under a light. Our team will sculpt and mold the tooth to ensure a natural appearance and a good bite balance. The last step is to polish the tooth thoroughly, so you have a brighter tooth and smoother surface that is harder for plague and tartar to cling to in between cleaning visits.
If you have any questions about how our team diagnoses and treats tooth decay in one visit, or about how we use composite resin to treat cavities and address cosmetic concerns in one sitting, then contact our team today. We want to help you smile with confidence.
Talk To Your Oklahoma City, OK Dentist About Dental Fillings
Our team wants to offer a single-visit solution for cavities that looks natural too. If you would like to find out more about our custom and lifelike dental restorations, call our Oklahoma City, OK dental practice at (405) 752-0111.