Your regular dental checkup includes a thorough inspection for tooth decay and cavities. Cavities can form when food particles and residual sugar in the mouth allow bacteria to build up on the teeth. Sometimes these bacteria can exploit contours and pits in your teeth that your daily oral hygiene routine can miss. When decay forms in the enamel it can easily lead to cavities.
If the tooth decay is not resolved in short order it can easily advance and may require a crown or even a root canal to repair and restore the function of the tooth.
It’s not uncommon for the dentist to take a few x-rays to get a better idea of the strength of your enamel and how deep the decay goes.
Most people choose to have novocaine injected into the local gum tissue to help numb the area. This numbing effect is designed to last long enough for the dentist to complete the procedure. Your dentist will remove all of the tooth decay, leaving only healthy enamel to anchor your filling.
What your filling is made of can vary based on where that tooth is in your smile and its basic function in your mouth. Your dentist can recommend the best material for your situation.
It’s important to have a cavity filled before it can progress into something more serious. If you have a cavity in one of your teeth please call us at [phone] to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!