A cavity is a laymen’s term to describe an area of tooth decay. They often form when the pervasive bacteria harbored by residual food particles and plaque manage to exploit tooth enamel. Even though your routine dental checkup will detect all cavities, you should not delay in contacting All Care Dentistry if you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth.
If the cavity is small enough, one of All Care Dentistry’s dentists can usually repair it by applying a common filling.
To do this the dentist will numb the area, before using a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This leaves behind a clean, healthy surface to cement a filling in place.
The type of material your dentist recommends for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Amalgam and composite fillings can be applied in the same appointment. Gold and porcelain fillings need to be prepared in a dental lab. So they will require a brief follow up appointment.
If you have noticed a problem area on one of your teeth, you should call All Care Dentistry’s offices in Murray, Utah at 801-266-1414 to set up an appointment. The longer you delay, the more likely the cavity is to grow.