Treatment for Dental Cavities in Southlake
Even if you brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly, you may still develop tooth decay. A dental cavity will often form if tooth decay is not treated early enough. Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron can restore the health and beauty of teeth affected by dental cavities through the use of dental fillings.
What is a Dental Cavity?
A dental cavity is the result of naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria produce acids that then leach essential minerals from your tooth enamel. As the enamel weakens, it can actually create a hole in the surface of the tooth. This is the dental cavity. A cavity will not heal itself, and if left untreated, decay may continue to spread into the inner layers of the tooth. As a result, severely decayed teeth must often undergo root canal therapy or even total extraction.
What are Possible Complications to Untreated Cavities?
Because your dental cavity will not be resolved without the intervention of a dentist, an untreated cavity will worsen. Some of the effects of an untreated cavity may include:
- Tooth sensitivity, discomfort, or pain
- An abscess in the tooth
- Loss of the tooth
- Breakage of the tooth
- Chewing problems
- Serious infections
If left untreated, a tooth affected by a dental cavity may require a more extensive procedure to save it. Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will recommend the best course of action regarding your dental cavity. If the cavity has significantly affected the teeth, crowns that cover the entire surface of the tooth like a cap, may be recommended.
What Kind of Filling Should I Expect to Receive?
AACD-accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Wright wants your restorative dentistry to look natural and flawless. He and Dr. Heron use composite resin fillings that are durable as well as beautiful. Made from a plastic-based resin like that used in dental bonding procedures, your dental filling will blend in with the rest of your teeth so that all you see is a fabulous smile.
What are the Advantages to Composite Fillings?
There are many advantages to using composite fillings:
- Composite fillings are color and shade matched to your existing teeth.
- They are durable and able to withstand normal chewing pressure.
- Composite resin is appropriate for either front or back teeth.
- The resin also does not corrode like older fillings made with amalgam.
- Because of its color, composite makes it easier for new decay to be detected.
What Should I Expect at My Appointment?
After numbing the area, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will gently remove the decay from your tooth. The area around the dental cavity is cleaned and then the composite resin filling is applied to the affected area. The resin may be treated with an ultraviolet light which hardens the material. After polishing the tooth, you are on your way. Composite fillings are a beautiful solution to dental cavities, completed in just one visit.
To find out if a resin filling is the right option for you, schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at (817) 481-7999. Located in Southlake, TX, we’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.