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The bacteria living in your mouth are quick to exploit a compromised area of tooth enamel. When this happens any tooth decay can quickly spread to compromise more and more of the surrounding dental material. With early diagnosis, a modest-sized cavity might be repaired by having one Heyen DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s dentists apply a filling at our Wichita Falls, Texas dental office.

Your dentist will first need to examine the tooth and take a few X-rays. This will help to assess the extent of the decay and ensure that the internal structures of the tooth remain healthy and strong.

Your dentist will then discuss your numbing options. Most people choose to have Novocain injected into their gums. This will sufficiently numb the area long enough to perform the filling treatment.

They will then use a drill to carefully remove any decayed tooth enamel leaving behind a clean healthy surface to securely bond the filling in place. The tooth’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence what material your dentist recommends for your filling.

A composite resin filling is often a good option for repairing a cavity on a tooth that’s visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from inert dental metals that can be applied to repair a cavity on a back tooth. Once the filling has been hardened with a special ultraviolet light, they will effective repair the tooth for many years.

If you live in the Wichita Falls, Texas area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling 940-257-2522 to seek treatment at Heyen DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s dental clinic.