Your tooth enamel is made up of tightly packed microscopic mineral structures. If it’s kept healthy and strong, the tooth enamel can resist the natural bacteria in your mouth. An inadequate or inconsistent oral hygiene routine empowers the bacteria in your mouth to attack and weaken your tooth enamel.
If a cavity is treated early, your dentist, Dr. Lupy D. Gonzalez, can repair it with a standard dental filling in Houston, Texas. This is done by numbing the area and then using a drill to remove any compromised enamel.
The material your dentist recommends for the filling will be based on the location of the cavity and the primary function and prevalence of the tooth.
If the tooth or cavity is visible in your smile, your dentist might recommend having it repaired with a porcelain filling. This is especially handy because it can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.
It’s worth noting that porcelain fillings need to be professionally crafted in a dental lab. For these types of fillings, your dentist will apply a temporary resin filling. This will protect the cleaned cavity until the new filling is ready. Then, you will need to come in to have the porcelain filling cemented into place.
If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of the teeth in your smile, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Clearpoint Dentistry at 281-487-2400 to have it treated and repaired.