Do You Have a Cavity?
Most cavities are detected early through x-rays, which are conducted at most dental checkups. However, if you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may have a cavity:
- Visible pits or holes in your teeth
- New sensitivity when eating hot, cold, or sweet foods
- Toothaches that occur randomly
- New pain when biting or chewing
Cavities don’t always have visible symptoms. This is why it is important to see a dentist every six months for routine cleaning. Here, your dentist can detect early signs of cavities before they cause more damage to your tooth.
How to Prevent Cavities
There is a lot you can do to prevent cavities in the future. Some of these techniques include:
- Flossing at least once per day (twice for extra protection against cavities!)
- Brush at least twice per day, once in the morning and once at night
- Use mouthwash that fights cavities and germs that cause tooth decay
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods
- Visit our office in Grafton for a dental check-up at least twice per year
What Type of Filling Will I Get?
The type of filling you receive will depend on the age and condition of your teeth. In general, there are four types of fillings:
- Ceramic fillings, which blend in seamlessly with your teeth
- Glass ionomer fillings, which are typically used on children whose teeth are still developing
- Composite fillings, which are one of the most common types of fillings for their ease
- Silver amalgam fillings, which are long-lasting and affordable
Composite restorations are a cutting-edge way to treat cavities and repair teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. While cavities have previously been filled with amalgam or silver, the composite resin is quickly becoming the go-to solution for the modern dentist. Composite material is applied to the affected tooth to fill cavities and treat tooth decay without using conspicuous materials like silver.
What Can I Expect at My Appointment?
Many patients, especially children, are afraid of getting a cavity filled. However, fillings are a very common procedure and involve minimal pain. Our dentists want to ensure their patients are comfortable and at ease during the procedure.
Your composite restoration is an outpatient procedure that a dentist can perform here in our office. Before any drilling begins, he will apply a local anesthetic to ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during your appointment. Any decay or plaque will be cleared away and your tooth will be prepared to receive the filling. The composite resin will be carefully layered onto your tooth and sculpted into the appropriate shape. It will be dried using a special UV light and gently polished to enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile.
Caring for a Composite Restoration
Your composite restoration is a low-maintenance dental device that can last for many years with proper care. All you have to do is maintain a comprehensive oral hygiene routine. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association and floss at least once a day or after every meal. You’ll also need to visit your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and oral exam, although you may need to make a follow-up appointment after you first receive your composite restoration.
Cavity Fillings and Restorations in Grafton
Dr. Kwiatkowski has practiced quality dental care in Grafton for decades. Today, cavity fillings are one of the most common procedures at his dental practice. Above anything else, he prioritizes your comfort and oral health.
The best way to prevent a cavity from getting worse is to take care of it as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Kwiatkowski’s practice in Grafton by calling us directly at 262-377-0852. View our list of other dental services to see how we can brighten your smile.