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Cavities are often the result of an inconsistent or ineffective oral hygiene routine. They often start out as small areas of tooth decay that can grow with time. This often causes the tooth to become sensitive and may also cause discomfort when chewing.

With early detection, Dr. James Johnson might be able to repair a small cavity with a common dental filling. This treatment can typically be performed in a single outpatient appointment.

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

An amalgam dental filling is made from a special blend of inert dental metals. They are known for their durability which makes amalgam a good material to repair a cavity on a molar or premolar. Since it is 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. James Johnson will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the dental filling’s bond with the healthy 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 713.988.0536 to have it treated and repaired at James A. Johnson, DDS.