Each of your teeth plays an important role in your ability to bite, chew, grind, and break down food before you swallow. When a cavity develops on one of your teeth it can cause sensitivity, and discomfort, while also limiting your overall oral function. If you are concerned that a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should not delay in scheduling a dental exam with Dr. Mitchel. With early detection he might be able to repair a small cavity with a simple dental filling.
After a thorough examination, Dr. Mitchel will use a special dental drill to remove all traces of tooth decay to prepare the surface to receive the dental filling. The material that he selects will primarily be based on the tooth’s visibility in your smile.
An amalgam dental filling is composed of a special blend of inert dental metals, typically silver. They have the durability to handle the tough work of chewing and grinding, thus making them a good option for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth. A composite dental filling is the preferred option for repairing a cavity on a tooth that is visible in your smile. They are made from a dental resin material that can be shaded to match the color and tone of natural tooth enamel.
Once the filling material has been shaded, shaped, and applied, Dr. Mitchel will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the filling and secure its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel. If you live in the Bloomington, Minnesota, area and you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 952-884-1308 to have it examined by the dentists at Olson Dental Care.