If you have a cavity, then you can experience serious discomfort. Without treatment, you can also eventually experience an infection or abscess. Fortunately, we can use a dental filling to treat a cavity and return your smile to optimal health and function.
Frequently Asked Questions About Toothaches and Fillings
Question: How does a cavity form?
Answer: A cavity occurs when harmful bacteria can bypass the protective out layer of tooth enamel. When a tooth becomes cracked or chipped, or if poor oral hygiene allows plaque buildup weaken the enamel, then cavities can form.
Question: Does a toothache mean I need treatment?
Answer: If you experience persistent sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, foods, and drinks, or if you have a toothache that won’t subside, then you may have a cavity. We can perform a through diagnosis to find the cause and severity of your tooth decay, recommending the most appropriate treatment option.
Question: How do you place a filling?
Answer: We begin by removing the tooth decay and then thoroughly cleaning the tooth. We prepare the composite resin material, which can be shaded to blend with the tooth, and apply the material in layers. As the composite resin cures under a light, we can sculpt and mold the tooth. Finally, we polish the tooth to ensure a more attractive appearance.
Question: What can be done to avoid the onset of tooth decay?
Answer: You can begin by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing each night before bed. You can also make time to see us for routine checkups, which can spot tooth decay in the earliest stages, and cleanings, which can remove harmful plaque buildup. You should also cut back on sugary foods and drinks. If you have any questions about our fillings, or if you tooth aches, then contact our team today.
Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About Dental Fillings
We can offer a strong and lifelike filling to stop tooth decay and prevent further pain in your tooth. Schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.