Even the most effective and diligent oral hygiene routine can still allow a small cavity to develop on one of your teeth. Most cavities are found during the course of your regular dental checkup. However, if you do notice one in your mouth, or you have a tooth that has recently developed a sensitivity issues you should contact your dentist immediately. Getting a cavity filled early will help to keep it from developing into something more serious.
Your dentist will want to examine the tooth and take a few x-rays to assess the extent of the decay, before starting the filling procedure. They can then numb your gums and the tooth with an injection of novocaine.
Once it is thoroughly numb, your dentist will use a drill to remove all of the decayed enamel. This provides a clean surface to cement the new filling in place. What material is used in your filling will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function and location in your smile.
Almost all fillings are made from gold, amalgam composite plastic and porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.
If you have a cavity in one of your teeth, or you are due for your next dental cleaning, please call us at 979-297-0337 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!