One reason why Dr. Lalani enjoys dentistry so much is that it is constantly evolving. We're always learning about new materials, new technologies, and new ways of doing things that help us improve our approach and the services we provide.
Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent example because they use a modern material called composite resin that mimics the look of tooth enamel. Because of the way we blend the composite, our dentist in Mesquite can match it to the exact shade of your tooth for a beautiful, virtually invisible repair.
The process Dr. Lalani uses to place a tooth-colored filling also contributes to a healthier smile. When placing this type of filling, he only needs to remove the decayed portion, leaving the healthy portion intact. In dentistry, it is always best to preserve healthy tooth structure for as long as possible, and tooth-colored fillings help us do that.
How Tooth Cavities Develop
Cavities don’t develop overnight; it's a process that commonly occurs due to a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Bacteria in plaque feed on sugars from the foods you consume and produce acid that removes minerals from (demineralizes) tooth enamel.
This process continues as the decay penetrates the softer outer layers of your tooth and gets closer to the nerve, you’ll experience sensitivity or pain. If we don’t remove the cavity and fill the tooth, it progresses to the inside of the tooth and may need root canal therapy to resolve.
Signs You Need a Tooth Filling
One problem with cavities—and why we recommend periodic checkups—is that you can have one and not be aware of it. As the decay advances, however, you may notice symptoms such as:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweets
- Black or brown spots on a tooth’s surface
- Pain when biting down
- A visible hole in the tooth
If you stay current with your dental exams every six months, your dentist in Mesquite can find the cavity and fill the tooth promptly—before the damage gets worse.
Risk Factors for Developing Cavities
Everyone is at risk for developing tooth decay, but some factors can put your oral health at greater risk:
- Inadequate brushing
- The location of the tooth
- Dry mouth
- Insufficient fluoride
- Dietary habits
- Old dental work
If you have diabetes or are a smoker, you are also more likely to develop cavities.
Do You Need a Tooth Filling in Mesquite, TX?
It’s always best to find cavities when they are small, so if you’re due for your next dental exam and teeth cleaning, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment.
If you have a toothache or notice any of the other symptoms above, there’s a good chance that we need to fill the tooth to restore your oral health. Call our Mesquite dental office, and we will be happy to help you!