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The bacteria in your mouth are often bolstered by inconsistent daily oral hygiene habits and a failure to attend your regular dental checkups. This can leave your teeth at increased risk of suffering a cavity. When this happens, you might experience increased sensitivity in the tooth, discomfort when biting down, or an unnatural texture change.

With early detection, Dr. Bruce W. Smith might be able to repair a small cavity with a simple dental filling. After a thorough examination, this treatment can typically be performed in a single outpatient appointment.

After numbing the tooth Dr. Bruce W. Smith will remove any decayed or compromised tooth enamel. This will to prepare a healthy surface to bond the dental filling. The material that he selects for the filling will be based on the cavity’s visibility in your smile and the location on the tooth.

An amalgam filling is made from a special blend of inert dental metals. They have the durability to repair a cavity on a molar or premolar. Since they are dark in color, amalgam fillings not an ideal choice for repairing a cavity that will appear in your smile.

Composite fillings are a good option for repairing a cavity on a tooth in your smile. They are made from a dental grade resin material that can be shaded to match the color and tone of the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once the filling material has been applied, Dr. Bruce W. Smith will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the dental filling’s bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 713-529-4364 to have it treated and repaired at Bruce W. Smith, DDS.