Your regular dental checkup at Barron Dentistry’s Fort Worth, Texas clinic is designed to find any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. Unfortunately, it is still possible for a cavity to form on one of your teeth in between dental exams. When this happens, you might feel a change in texture, color, or heightened sensitivity.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should not delay in scheduling another dental exam. With early detection, our dentists can often repair a small cavity with a standard filling.
This involves using a drill to remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel and to prepare the surface to receive the filling. The material that we select will largely be based on the cavities visibility in your smile, as well as the tooth’s primary function in your mouth.
An amalgam filling is made from a special blend of inert dental metals. They have the durability to handle the tough work of chewing and grinding. Since they are dark in color, they not an ideal choice for repairing a cavity that is apparent in your smile.
Composite fillings are a good option for repairing a cavity that’s visible in your smile. They are made from a dental-grade resin material. They can be shaded to match the color and tone of the surrounding tooth enamel, making them indistinguishable in your smile.
Once the filling material has been shaded, shaped and applied, the dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the filling and secure its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
If you live in the Fort Worth, Texas area and you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 817.732.1626 to have it diagnosed as soon as possible by Dr. Barron.