A Small Area of Tooth Decay Can Be Repaired by a Basic Filling

Posted March 10, 2016

Sometimes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day might not be enough to prevent a small area of tooth decay from forming on one of your teeth. If you notice a problem spot, such as a change in texture on one of your teeth, or one of your teeth has developed sensitivity issues, you should call Smile Center Silicon Valley as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. If left unchecked the tooth decay could develop into something more serious.

Small areas of tooth decay that is limited to the enamel layer of a tooth, can often be repaired with a filling. The process starts with a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the decay. Most people choose to have novocaine injected into their gums to numb the area.

The dentist will then remove the decayed material leaving only strong enamel to securely cement a filling in place. The material the dentist chooses for the filling is largely influenced by the tooth’s location and prevalence in your smile.

However, it is also important to remember that proper oral care of brushing and flossing regularly will decrease your chances of tooth decay in your smile. Mouthwash can also be a helpful tool to keep bacteria low and your smile fresh.

If you’ve noticed cavity or other problem area on one of your teeth, please call Smile Center Silicon Valley at 408-245-7500 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you resolve this problem as fast as possible.