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When poor oral hygiene practices allow a cavity to form on one of your teeth, it will inevitably grow and spread. Without timely treatment and repair, the tooth decay can penetrate the interior of the tooth, causing significant complications to your oral health. To prevent this from happening, Dr. Michael Woody routinely repairs small cavities with a basic dental filling in Carthage, Missouri.

To do this, he will perform a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t penetrated the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Then, he will use a drill to remove all traces of tooth decay.

The material he recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Gold, amalgam, composite or porcelain are industry standard materials used in fillings. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity. Gold and porcelain fillings need to be prepared at a professional dental lab. While you await completion of the filling, your dentist will cover the cleaned enamel surface with a temporary filling. When the final filling is ready, a member of the staff will call you back in for a brief, follow-up appointment. The temporary filling will be removed and the gold or porcelain filling will be cemented into place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you are concerned that you have a cavity forming on one of your teeth, you should call Peach Tree Dental at 417-358-2233 for timely treatment and repair.