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Let’s say you are diligent about brushing and flossing your pearly whites daily and coming in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. You are doing everything you can to have a healthy smile. But sometimes a tooth may still succumb to a cavity. A cavity, or dental caries, is a hole in a tooth that grows bigger and deeper, thanks to bacterial plaque creates acid that erodes the tooth enamel and the layer beneath it, the dentin. Even when decay is removed by your dentist, the hole stays behind. This can happen on the top of the tooth, or biting surface, between the teeth, and on the root surface of the tooth.

To restore the tooth back to its normal function, your dentist will fill the hole with a filling material. Fillings come in a variety of materials, silver amalgam, cast gold, composite resin, and porcelain. So what can you expect when you have a dental filling done to restore the tooth?

First, you will be given a local anesthetic. This is done to numb the area surrounding the tooth. Next, we will cut through your enamel with a drill, to get rid of any decay in the tissue. Once the decay is removed, we will shape the space to be filled with the filling material. If we are applying a bonded filling, we will etch the tooth with acid gel to prepare the tooth for the filling. For other types of fillings, we may need to layer resin on the tooth, using a special light to harden the material and making it strong. Once the filling has been put in place we will polish your tooth.

Do you have a tooth that hurts when you chew, or is sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages, or a toothache that isn’t improving? If so, you may have a cavity. We invite you to come in and have your tooth checked out by our caring dentist, Dr. Michael B. Wilhite. You can reach our Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry team in Davidson, North Carolina at 704.987.2277 today!