Acids from certain beverages and bacteria from a poor oral hygiene routine can weaken your tooth enamel to the point that it loses its minerals and develops a cavity. An untreated cavity will continue to spread over the tooth surface and result in dental pain and heightened tooth sensitivity. However, early cavity treatment can mean the tooth is restored conservatively, such as with a simple dental filling.
Prior to placing a dental filling, we will need to perform a full dental exam to determine if the cavity has become severe, as only smaller cavities tend to be treatable with a dental filling. After numbing the tooth, Dr. John Burkart will remove all of the tooth decay, leaving behind a smooth tooth surface for the dental filling to adhere to.
The dental filling material chosen by our dentist will depend on factors such as primary function and tooth visibility. A prominent tooth with a small cavity may be optimal for a composite dental filling, which can be matched to the color of the natural tooth. Molars and premolars may need amalgam dental fillings, which are dark but strong enough to treat larger cavities on back teeth.
Our dentist then cures and hardens the dental filling to the tooth with the help of a special ultraviolet light. Further steps may involve fluoride treatment to improve the quality of the tooth enamel.
Please feel free to give [pracice_name] a call at 303-693-7330 today if you are experiencing signs of a cavity and need to see our dentist about receiving a dental filling in Aurora, Colorado.