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Cavities are small areas of tooth decay that form when poor oral hygiene bolsters the bacteria living in your mouth. They often start as a weakened area of tooth enamel. While most cavities are detected during your regular dental checkup at Dana Dental Arts, it is possible for a cavity to form in between appointments.

If you notice heightened sensitivity, a change in a tooth’s texture, or anything abnormal with one of your teeth, you should not delay in scheduling an appointment to have it examined. If a small cavity is treated early, your dentist, Dr. Michael Dana, can often repair it with a basic dental filling.

After examining the tooth, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gums with an injection of Novocain. A drill will then be used to remove any decayed enamel to provide a clean, healthy surface to cement a filling into place.

The filling material your dentist recommends will depend on both the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

A cavity on a back tooth can often be repaired by an amalgam filling. This is a blend of special dental metals that have the durability to handle the basic work of chewing and grinding. If the cavity is on a tooth that’s noticeable in your smile, your dentist might recommend a composite filling. This is a special plastic, resin material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you’re interested in knowing more about dental fillings in Spearfish, South Dakota, you should call 605.642.7727 to have it examined and treated at Dana Dental Arts.