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Bacteria in your mouth are encouraged to develop by excess food particles, residual sugars and plaque. Left unchecked it can compromise some of the surface enamel of your teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day helps remove plaque before the bacteria can damage the enamel. Visiting your dentist twice a year for your routine dental checkup is also a powerful measure for preventing tooth decay.

Unfortunately sometimes even the best oral hygiene practices just aren’t enough to stop a cavity from forming. In most cases minor tooth decay can often be repaired with a simple filling.

Dr. Garth Collins might want take a few x-rays to get a better idea of the strength of the remaining enamel and the depth of the tooth decay. Before starting the procedure he will discuss the numbing options available to you. Many people choose to have novocaine injected into the local gum tissue. This will numb the area long enough for the Dr. Collins to remove the damaged enamel and prepare the filling.

He will then remove all of the tooth decay, leaving only healthy enamel to anchor your filling.

The material your filling is made of will vary based on where that tooth is in your smile and its basic function in your mouth. Dr. Collins can recommend the best material for your situation.

Most fillings are made from gold, amalgam, composite plastic and porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity and polished. Gold and porcelain fillings are crafted at a lab and cemented in to place at a second appointment.

It’s important to have a cavity filled before it can progress into something more serious. If you have a cavity in one of your teeth please call our office at 916.985.2550 to schedule an appointment. We want to help keep you smiling!