Ideally, your daily oral hygiene routine and your regular dental checkups with our dentists, Dr. Samuel S. Henry, Dr. Brett McCown, and Dr. Jacob Johnson should be sufficient for preventing a cavity from developing on your teeth. Unfortunately, there are still times when trapped bacterial deposits and plaque acids still manage to demineralize an area of tooth enamel.
As this starts to happen you might notice increasing sensitivity, discomfort when chewing, or a change in the texture of the tooth. While you might be able to live with these early symptoms, it is still important to have the tooth examined and treated as soon as possible. If the tooth decay continues to spread it could cause significant damage to the existing dental structure.
With a timely diagnosis, our dentist might be able to repair a small area of tooth decay with a simple dental filling. This involves carefully remove any demineralized tooth enamel while also creating a healthy surface to bond the dental filling. The material we use for the dental filling will be based on the size and location of the affected surface.
If the dental filling will appear in your smile, your dentist will likely use a composite resin material. This is a special type of dental grade resin that can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. We might use an amalgam dental filling to repair a cavity on a molar or premolar that won’t be prevalent in your smile. This is a blend of dental metals that is dark in color yet known for being very durable.
If you live in the Seguin, Texas, area, and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, please call 830-372-2852 to seek professional treatment at Tier One Dental.