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Minor chips and textured areas on tooth enamel can sometimes trap bacterial matter, promoting tooth decay. This is even more likely to occur if you are inconsistent in your daily oral hygiene regimen or if you tend to put off your bi-annual dental exam at Rocky Ridge Dental Associates.

With early detection, a small cavity can often be treated by Dr. Roy A. Smith, III applying a standard amalgam or composite resin filling to the tooth.

The treatment process starts by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with an injection of Novocain. Your dentist will then use a special dental drill to remove any affected tooth enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the eventual filling to bond to.

The specific material we use for the filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and the location of the original cavity. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of special metals. Their durability makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth.

For a filling that will be visible in your smile, Dr. Roy A. Smith, III might advocate using composite resin. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding natural tooth enamel.

Once the filling has been cured and hardened by a special ultraviolet light, it will effectively repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you live in the Vestavia Hills, Alabama, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 205-979-8070 to have it repaired at Rocky Ridge Dental Associates.