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Tooth decay develops when the natural bacteria living in your mouth work to exploit an area of weakened or compromised tooth enamel. This is more likely to occur if you struggle to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene routine or if you have a habit of procrastinating your dental checkup at Kevin J. Reece, DDS.

With early detection, Dr. Kevin J. Reece might be able to repair a small cavity with a standard dental filling.

The process starts with a thorough examination of the affected tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t penetrated the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.

Your dentist often recommends numbing the area by injecting the gums with Novocain. Then, he will use a drill to carefully remove all decayed tooth enamel. The material he advocates for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile.

Amalgam is made from a blend of dental-grade metals. These fillings are dark in color, so they’re not ideal for repairing a cavity that’s visible in your smile. For these types of cavities, your dentist will often turn to composite fillings. This is a special resinous plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes it a good option for repairing a tooth that’s visible in your smile.

If you live in the Payson, Utah, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 801-465-4474 to seek timely treatment at Kevin J. Reece, DDS.