If you suddenly experience an aching tooth that doesn’t subside, then you may have a cavity. Tooth decay poses a series risk to the health and stability of your smile. We can actually repair dental caries in a single visit with a simple restoration known as a dental filling. If you need treatment for tooth decay or have a sensitive or aching tooth, then contact the team at Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Common Questions About Repairing Tooth Decay
Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?
Answer: In most cases tooth decay isn’t readily apparent when you look at your teeth. However, you will likely experience a little discomfort. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches can all be possible warning signs of a developing cavity. If you suddenly experience discomfort in your teeth then please see a dental professional right away.
Question: What happens if I don’t have the cavity treated?
Answer: Without treatment the decay continues to expand until bacteria reaches the inner pulp. At this stage the cavity becomes an infection or possibly an abscess, causing more serious discomfort and effectively killing the tooth in many cases. A root canal procedure may need to be performed to keep the tooth from requiring removal to prevent the spread of infection.
Question: How does the procedure work?
Answer: We often repair tooth decay with a dental filling. Instead of using an amalgam, or metal, restoration, we use one made from a composite resin. This material is metal-free and can even be shaded to blend with the teeth. We clean the tooth, remove decay, and place the filling material. We cure the composite resin with a special light, polishing the tooth afterward. The entire procedure can be completed in a single visit.
Question: Will it look natural?
Answer: Yes. We take steps to ensure all of restorations look natural. Our goal is that no one will be able to tell your tooth received repair. We also offer porcelain crowns to repair teeth with more severe decay. Like our fillings, these restorations contain no metal and can provide natural looking repair for your teeth.
Would you like to find out more about addressing tooth decay? Then talk to Dr. Nikki Green or Dr. Ryan Knight about our dental restorations. If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, contact our Fort Worth dental office today to schedule your consultation.