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Minor chips and coarse areas on tooth enamel can occasionally trap bacterial matter, leading to tooth decay. This is even more likely to happen if you sometimes forget to brush and floss or put off your six-month dental exams at Ortho*Dental, Inc..

With early exposure, a small cavity can frequently be treated by Dr. spreading a standard amalgam or composite resin filling to the tooth.

The treatment process begins by numbing the tooth and nearby gums with Novocain. Your dentist will then carefully remove any decayed enamel, providing only clean, healthy enamel to which the eventual filling will bond.

The specific material for the filling depends on the type of tooth and the position of the original cavity. Amalgam fillings are created from a blend of special metals. Their durability makes them an excellent choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth. For a filling that will be visible when you smile, Dr. might recommend using composite resin. This is a special dental plastic that can be flawlessly shaded to match nearby natural tooth enamel.

Once the filling has been cured and hardened by a special ultraviolet light, it will repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you live in the Gallup, New Mexico, area and you believe a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you can call (505) 863-8100 to have it amended at Ortho*Dental, Inc..