Properly Treating A Cavity Found During An Exam

Meeting your Ankeny, IA dentist regularly for oral health exams will help you stay informed about any changes in your smile that require care. Hopefully, you will continue to receive positive feedback at these appointments. If you do learn that you have a problem with dental decay, we can arrange restorative dental work before there are complications and ensure that your tooth is fully restored. That restorative treatment will involve the removal of unhealthy enamel as well as the placement of a permanent restoration. The amount of harm to your tooth structure is limited by timely care, which means a cavity caught in time can be cared for with a conservative, tooth-colored dental filling!

Dental Exams And Cleanings Provide Important Preventive Care And Warnings About Active Oral Health Issues

Oral health appointments are important for the sake of your smile, and you should keep up with them even if you feel confident that you have no dental issues to worry over. A cavity may have formed already, but because it is not yet large enough to cause you serious discomfort, you can fail to realize that something is wrong. The good news is that this kind of issue can be found during a review, and Dr. Foust can take care of it by placing a dental filling that is discreet and durable. This is a more conservative approach to care than treatment with a cavity, which means you will save more of your healthy enamel and enjoy a less involved procedure!

Treating A Cavity With A Dental Filling

After carefully removing decayed tissues and stopping the further spread of decay, your dentist can carefully apply a composite resin substance at the site of treatment and protect your tooth structure. Fillings made with this resin are able to blend in because they match the surrounding enamel so well; they also provide remarkable stability and protection by bonding directly to your tooth. This is a procedure that we can complete in just one appointment. That one appointment ensures your tooth has lasting protection.

What Can Happen If A Cavity Remains Untreated?

The longer it takes to have a cavity identified and treated, the more likely it is that you will experience unpleasant complications. Eventually, there will be too much harm to your tooth structure for care with a filling to be possible. As a result, you will need a dental crown for support. As time passes, damage will gradually work through your enamel and make you vulnerable to an infection that causes discomfort and puts you in jeopardy of losing your tooth!

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Cavity Treatment

Through timely cavity treatment, our Ankeny, IA practice can restore your oral health and appearance with a lifelike dental filling! For more information on how we can support you, please reach out to Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.