Your routine dental checkups at Dr. Lori Hawkins’s dental office is designed to clean your teeth while also detecting any early signs of cavities, gum disease, or other oral health problems. Yet there are times when even the most diligent and effective oral hygiene routine simply isn’t sufficient for preventing a cavity from developing in between your regular scheduled dental checkups.
You should not ignore developing problems like sensitivity, discomfort, or a change in the tooth’s texture and appearance. With early detection, a small cavity might be repaired by having our dentist install a simple dental filling.
This mode of treatment begins with numbing the tooth. Once you are fully comfortable all semblances of tooth decay will be removed to prepare the surface to receive the dental filling. The material selected will largely be based on the tooth’s general appearance in your smile.
An amalgam dental filling is made from a collection of dental grade metals. They have the durability to handle the tough work of chewing and grinding of back teeth.
A composite dental filling is a preferred option for repairing a cavity on a tooth that appears in your smile. It is created from a dental resin material that can be shaded to match the color and tone of natural tooth enamel.
After installing the dental filling material Dr. Lori Hawkins will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and ensure a strong bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
If you live in the Belpre, Ohio, area and you are concerned that a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 740-423-8416 to have it diagnosed as soon as possible at Hawkins Family Dentistry.