The dentin and pulp each of your teeth is protected by a durable layer of tooth enamel. This hard substance also provides your teeth with the necessary strength to efficiently break down and process food before you swallowing it.
Sometimes trapped bacterial deposits and plaque left behind by poor oral hygiene measures can affect the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This can eventually cause a small cavity to develop on the surface of a tooth. If the area of tooth decay is caught early by our dentist, Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II, he might be able to treat it by with a composite dental filling. After a thorough examination, the dentist will numb the tooth, then remove any traces of decayed tooth enamel. This will also create a healthy surface for the filling to bond with the tooth.
Composite resin can often be used to repair a single surface area of tooth decay. This special material can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. After it has been applied and hardened by an ultraviolet light the dental filling will seamlessly blend with the surrounding tooth enamel. With improved oral hygiene habits you can expect the treated tooth to last for many years to come.
If you live in the Greeley, Colorado, area and you suspect that a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 970-506-1122 to have it examined and treated at Nicholas A. Jamison II DDS.