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Cavities are often caused by poor oral hygiene or small chips that go unrepaired. When tooth decay invades the healthy enamel, it will inevitably start to spread. Fortunately, if a cavity is detected early and it is small enough, Dr. Scott A. Young can often repair it with a simple filling.

Your dentist will start by conducting a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t reached the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Your dentist will then use a drill to carefully remove all traces of tooth decay. The material he recommends for the new filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are typically dark in color, making them a poor choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile. Fortunately, composite fillings are made from a special resin material that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This often makes them the superior choice for repairing a cavity that has formed in a visible area of your smile.

After applying the composite filling, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden it. This will cement its relationship with the surrounding tooth enamel and effectively restore the tooth’s function and appearance for many years to come.

If you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t delay in calling 704-541-5900 to have it diagnosed and repaired at Scott A. Young, DDS’s Charlotte, North Carolina, dental office.