A Toothache Could Mean You Need A Filling

Our teeth may start to ache for a number of reasons, from allergy issues to changes in air pressure. However, pain that lasts, especially more than 48 hours, could indicate the presence of a cavity. In order to safeguard smiles in Gary, IN, we may suggest a lifelike solution to decay. In a single visit, we can stop your cavity with a natural looking dental filling.

Toothaches and Cavities

A cavity forms when bacteria moves past the protective layer of enamel and into the dentin below. Our outer enamel could become compromised due to injury to the tooth, or weakened as a result of poor oral hygiene. When a cavity forms, the decay will grow and spread throughout the tooth, eventually causing tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, as well as toothache that doesn’t subside. You should see us when you experience discomfort, as an untreated cavity could mean the eventual onset of an infection or abscess.

The Filling

If we find you have a cavity, then we will most likely prescribe a dental filling. The treatment involves removing the decay from your tooth and cleaning it. Next, we prepare the metal-free filling material by shading it to match your tooth. We apply the material and shape the area as it cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. The entire procedure only takes one visit. If you have an advanced case of tooth decay, then we may instead opt for a more substantial restoration, such as an inlay, onlay, or dental crown.

Preventing Future Cases of Cavities

To prevent further cases, be sure you see us every six months. During your exam, we will look for decay and can often identify the problem before you experience discomfort. A cleaning during the visit helps remove plaque and protects the outer enamel from erosion. You should also brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes using a fluoridated toothpaste. Flossing before going to bed is also vital. Changes to your diet and snack habits will help too. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, instead drink more water and enjoy healthier snacks, such as veggies, fruit, nuts, cheese, low-fat yogurt, or sugar-free gum. If you have any questions about our fillings or about avoiding decay, then contact our team today.

We Can Repair Your Decayed Tooth

Using a custom-made filling, we can help you avoid the complications of an untreated cavity. To schedule an appointment to discuss our restorative dental treatment options, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at info@healthysmilesnwi.com. We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.