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Sometimes even the most consistent oral hygiene practices aren’t sufficient for preventing a cavity from afflicting one of your teeth. If you notice any abnormalities in a tooth in between your regular dental checkups at Wasatch Gentle Dental you should not delay in having it examined.

If the affected area is relatively small and the majority of the tooth’s enamel layer is healthy, a dentist like Dr. Andrew Smith might be able to treat the tooth by installing a dental filling.

This mode of treatment can usually be completed in a single outpatient appointment. It calls for Dr. Andrew Smith to effectively numb the affected tooth and the surrounding gums. With your comfort assured, he will carefully remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel. Then, he will prepare the appropriate dental filling material.

Most dental fillings are made from either metallic amalgam or composite resin. The appropriate material for treatment will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its potential appearance in your smile.

An amalgam dental filling will be very durable, yet dark in color. This makes them a better choice for repairing a cavity on a premolar or molar that will not appear in your smile.

A composite dental filling is created from a special type of resin which can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. This type of material is often good choice for repairing a cavity that will appear in your smile.

If you live in the Murray, Utah, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 801-262-6661 to schedule a dental checkup at Wasatch Gentle Dental.