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When the natural bacteria living in your mouth find a weakened area of tooth enamel or stuck-on food particles, they are quick to go to work. If you are lax in your daily oral hygiene routine, this can allow a cavity to develop on one of your teeth. When this happens, the compromised area of tooth enamel will gradually continue to grow.

To treat a problem like this, the dentists at Angela M. Osborn, DDS, PC’s clinic in Lone Tree, Colorado, might be able to repair the tooth with a standard filling. This will call for a thorough examination to ensure the overall health of the tooth before numbing it with Novocain. Once this is done, the dentist will use a drill to carefully remove all traces of tooth decay.

The material they recommend for the new filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its appearance in your smile.

An amalgam filling will be dark in color, making it a poor choice to repair a cavity visible in your smile. On the other end of the spectrum, composite fillings are made from a special resin material that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This often makes them the superior choice for repairing a cavity that has formed in a visible area of your smile.

Once the filling has been applied and shaped, your dentist will use a small ultraviolet light to cure it. This will cement its relationship with the surrounding tooth enamel and restore the tooth’s function and appearance for many years to come.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one or your teeth, you should not delay in calling 303-799-9993 to have it examined and treated by the dental specialists at Angela M. Osborn, DDS, PC’s Lone Tree, Colorado, clinic.