The American Dental Association advocates brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. This represents the solid foundation of an effective daily oral hygiene routine. If you are remiss to take the measure every single day, then you are leaving your mouth at risk for gum disease and cavities.
With early diagnosis, Dr. Watkins might be able to repair a small cavity with a basic dental filling. This can be done in a single appointment at his dental office in San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Watkins will start with a thorough examination of the tooth. This might also include taking some X-rays to make sure the tooth decay hasn’t penetrated the critical internal structures of the tooth.
Dr. Watkins will then numb the tooth before using a drill to remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel. Once this is done we can start the process of applying the dental filling. The material he uses will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile.
An amalgam dental filling is made from a blend of dental grade metals. This type of filling is known to be durable yet dark in color. This amalgam is a better choice for repairing a back tooth. Composite resin dental fillings are made from a special type of plastic material that can be color shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity on a tooth that will be prevalent in your smile.
If you have any questions about how to improve your daily oral hygiene routine, you should feel free to ask Dr. Watkins. Sometimes a minor change can be a major benefit for maintaining the health of your mouth.
If you live in the San Antonio, TX, area and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 210-526-0925 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at W Dental Group.