We hate to break it to you, but there are times when even the most consistent and effective oral hygiene routine isn’t enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. Fortunately, your routine dental checkup performed at West Cobb Dentistry includes a thorough examination of your mouth. This will detect any small cavities before they have the chance to cause significant harm and require further restorative dental procedures.
In a situation like this, we will present you with the best treatment option to repair the tooth. This can often be done by applying a simple amalgam or composite resin dental filling.
The treatment process typically starts with the numbing of the tooth and surrounding gums. Then we will remove any tooth decay with a drill. This leaves behind a clean healthy surface to secure the dental filling. The tooth’s presence in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material we recommend for your dental filling.
Amalgam dental fillings are made from biologically safe dental grade metals. They tend to be dark yet durable. This makes them a good option for repairing a cavity that isn’t prevalent in your smile. Composite resin dental fillings are made from a special dental plastic that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.