Our teeth can ache for a number of reasons, from sinus and allergy issues, to changes in air pressure. However, if the pain persists for more than 48 hours, this could mean you have a cavity. In order to stop your aches and protect your smile, you should see your Gary, IN, dentist for a dental filling. In today’s blog, let’s find out how fillings can help stop toothaches!
Tooth Decay and Toothaches
Persistent sensitivity in your teeth, or an ache that doesn’t subside, could indicate tooth decay. A cavity forms when harmful bacteria can reach the inner layers of dentin, which are sensitive and typically protected by a layer of outer tooth enamel. The enamel may weaken or erode due to poor oral hygiene, which enables plaque to coat the teeth and compromise the protective outer layer. Injury, such as chips or cracks, could also lead to a higher cavity risk. When cavities do form, aches and sensitivity are common as the decay continues to grow and spread through the tooth, eventually leading to a painful infection and an increased risk of tooth loss unless treated.
A dental filling stops the progression of decay and restores your tooth to optimal function, health, and beauty. We begin by removing the decay from the tooth and thoroughly cleaning it. We then prepare the filling material, which is a non-metal blend of glass and acrylic compounds. The material will be shaded to blend with the tooth. We apply the material and shape the tooth as the restoration cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth, which helps ensure a more natural appearance. The entire visit only takes one visit and helps patients enjoy a healthier, and more comfortable, smile.
Safeguarding Your Smile
Following treatment, we will discuss options to help you avoid future cases of tooth decay. Our team will explain proper brushing and flossing, as well as recommendations for healthier food and drink options. Brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes and flossing every night removes food particles and decreases the risk of cavities and gum disease. A diet with fewer sugary foods and drinks also safeguards the smile. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or if you think you may have a tooth in need of treatment, then contact our team today. Let’s work together to ensure you enjoy a healthier smile all summer long!
Does Your Tooth Hurt?
Don’t ignore pain in your smile, let us know right away so we can offer treatment. To schedule an appointment and learn more about preventing dental discomfort, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.