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There are times when even the most consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine isn’t sufficient to stop a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. If you notice a change in texture, experience pain or new sensitivity issues in a tooth, you should not delay in having it examined. Timely treatment will keep a small problem from developing into a serious one.

So long as the cavity is limited to the tooth enamel, Dr. Lida M. Vargas will likely be able to repair it with a basic filling. Fillings are commonly made from gold, porcelain, amalgam or composite materials.

Dr. Lida M. Vargas will begin by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with an anesthetic. Then she will use a drill to remove all of the decayed enamel to provide a clean healthy surface to cement a filling in place.

Amalgam and composite fillings can be applied in the same appointment. Gold and porcelain fillings need to be prepared in a dental lab, so they will require a brief follow up appointment.

The filling material Dr. Lida M. Vargas recommends will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting Virginia Dental Group in Fairfax, Virginia at 703-385-3800 to have it examined and repaired.