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Small textures on your tooth enamel can gradually start to trap bacterial matter and plaque buildup. This is even more likely to occur if you are inconsistent with your daily oral hygiene regimen. When this happens, the natural bacteria in your mouth might start to weaken the tooth enamel.

Once bacteria establish a presence, the area of tooth decay will inevitably start to spread. This might cause a change in texture when you touch the area with your tongue; it could also cause increased sensitivity. Should you experience these symptoms between dental exams you should seek dental care at Riverdale Dental Center’s Brighton, Colorado, clinic.

If it’s diagnosed early, our dentists might be able to repair a small cavity with a composite or amalgam filling.

After a thorough examination, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gums with a Novocain injection. They will then use a drill to remove any affected tooth enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy surface for the final filling to bond with. The material used for the filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

To repair a cavity that’s visible in your smile, your dentist will likely use a composite resin filling. This is a special type of dental plastic material that can be shaded to perfectly color-match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental metals that are dark in color yet durable. This makes them a better choice for repairing a back tooth instead of one that is visible in your smile.

Once these filling materials have been applied and have hardened, they will repair the tooth for many years to come.

If you live in the Brighton, Colorado, area and you’re concerned that a cavity might have formed on one of your teeth, you should call 303.659.1920 to have it treated at Riverdale Dental Center’s clinic.