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A cavity is a general term used to describe a small to medium sized area of tooth decay. If a cavity goes ignored for too long, the decay will continue to spread. This could result in serious complications, including pain, infection and even complete loss of the tooth.

If you notice a change in texture or increased sensitivity on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t delay in having Daniel Richards, DMD’s dentists examine it. Detected early most tooth decay problems can be treated by applying a basic filling.

First we will want to examine and X-ray the tooth to make sure the decay is limited to the tooth enamel. Your dentist will then numb the area, before using a drill to remove the decayed enamel leaving behind a clean, healthy surface to cement a filling into.

The tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile, will determine the material used for the filling. Most fillings are made from gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

With twice-daily brushing and flossing, your new filling will restore the full function and appearance of the tooth for many years to come.

If you suspect that a cavity is starting to form on one of your teeth, you should not hesitate in calling Daniel Richards, DMD’s offices in Vestavia Hills, Alabama at (205) 823-6300 to have it examined.