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Stopping Your Toothache With A Filling

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When you notice your tooth hurts and the pain doesn’t subside after a day or two, then you should consider seeing our team right away. This persistent pain could be a sign of cavity, and an indicator that infection is around the corner. In today’s blog, your Columbia, TN, dentist talks about stopping cavities and toothaches with a filling.


Toothaches and Tooth Decay

A cavity forms when harmful oral bacteria reach the sensitive inner dentin, which happens when the outer enamel is compromised. Poor oral hygiene habits like improper brushing and flossing, a diet high in sugar and starch, and infrequent visits for cleanings, can allow plaque buildup to accumulate that weakens and erodes the outer enamel. As the cavity grows in severity, you could experience tooth sensitivity or toothaches, and the pain could grow in severity with time. Eventually, you could develop a dental infection that may even compromise the stability of your smile! But with a filling, we can help protect your smile.

Placing A Dental Filling

Our team wants to offer relief in one visit, saving your tooth and stopping discomfort. To do so, we will place a dental filling. Instead of metal, we use a composite resin that is metal-free, biocompatible, and safe for all ages. We start by examining the tooth to assess the cause and severity of your decay. We then numb your tooth so you’re comfortable as we remove the decay and place the filling material. We shade this to blend with your smile. We will shape the material as the tooth cures beneath a light. The last step is to polish it for a brighter appearance! In one visit, you enjoy relief from a cavity.

Steps to Stay Cavity-Free

To help lower the risk of tooth decay, our team recommends taking time to brush and floss daily, which limits the severity of plaque buildup. You also fight buildup by cutting back on the sugar and starch in your diet. Seeing us for a cleaning every six months is helpful too, as we can remove all plaque and tartar. These actions help you avoid the onset of tooth decay. If you have any questions about how our team will diagnose and treat tooth decay in one visit with a lifelike composite resin dental filling, then contact our team today to learn more.

Learn More About Our Restorative Treatments With Creekside Family Dentistry!

We’re ready to address the issues that could otherwise threaten your smile, such as tooth decay, in one visit with a lifelike dental restoration. Give us a call today at Creekside Family Dentistry in Columbia, TN at (931) 388-3384 to schedule your appointment! We want to help you and your family enjoy good oral health and a smile that shines!


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