A cavity means your tooth could begin to ache, and the risk of an infection and abscess increases over time. In order to treat your tooth and prevent serious complications, we may repair your smile with a tooth-colored filling. Find out how your Omaha, NE, dentist repairs cavities and returns smiles to optimal health function, and beauty.
The Causes (and Dangers) of a Dental Cavity
How do cavities form? Well, harmful bacteria must be able to move past the protective outer layer of tooth enamel. The strongest substance in the human body, enamel prevents bacteria from reaching the inner layers of dentin, which are porous and sensitive. Poor oral hygiene could cause plaque buildup and erode the enamel over time, allowing bacteria to reach the dentin and a cavity to form. Likewise, damage, such as chips or cracks could also expose the dentin. When a cavity forms, the tooth may begin to ache and feel sensitive. Without treatment, the cavity will only grow more severe until bacteria finally reaches the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. An infection or abscess could form, leading to a risk of tooth loss and severe discomfort!
A filling allows us to halt the progression of a cavity and prevent an infection from occurring. We begin by removing the decay from the tooth and thoroughly cleaning it. Next, we apply the filling material. Instead of metal, we use composite resin, which is a special blend of glass and acrylic compounds. We shade the material to match the color of the tooth. As we cure the composite resin under a light, we will shape the tooth. The final step is to polish the tooth, ensuring a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit to complete.
Crowns and More
If you have more severe decay, or possibly a dental infection, then we will perform a root canal procedure, which enables us to remove the infected tissue from the tooth. We then add a restorative filling to the tooth and create a custom-made dental crown, which covers the tooth and looks natural. The tooth then feels comfortable and the patient doesn’t run the risk of losing the tooth altogether. If you have pain in one or more of your teeth, then please contact our team today. We can perform an exam to see if you need treatment and help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come!
Do You Have a Toothache?
If you have pain in one or more of your teeth, then you may need treatment with a restoration. To learn more about treating tooth decay, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.