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The gradual buildup of plaque acids in your mouth from poor oral hygiene can gradually start to affect your tooth enamel. As this continues to occur, small areas of demineralized tooth enamel, which are known as dental caries, can start to develop. This can cause a minor change in the tooth’s surface texture, increased sensitivity, or general discomfort on the affected tooth. If it’s caught early, Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt might be able to treat a small area of tooth decay with a simple dental filling.

To do this, Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt will numb the tooth. Then he will use a dental drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. This will create the proper surface texture needed to securely bond the dental filling in place.

The material Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt recommends for the dental filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function and the filling’s visibility in your smile. Composite resin is a dental filling material commonly used to repair a cavity on a tooth that appears in your smile because it can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel.

After the dental filling has been applied Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and bond the material to the surrounding tooth enamel. If Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt has further concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel, he might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements.

If you live in the Logan, Utah, area, and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 435-752-1434 to have it treated and repaired at Ridge View Smile Care.