Amalgam or Composite Fillings Can Be Used to Repair a Small Cavity

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An inconsistent or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine invites a host of oral health problems to develop in your mouth. Not the least of which is the possibility of tooth decay developing on one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely to occur if you have a habit of procrastinating your regular dental checkups at Grant R Young DDS.

With early detection, Dr. Grant R Young can often repair a small cavity with an amalgam or composite resin filling.

Dr. Grant R Young will start by conducting a thorough examination of the tooth in question. It’s important to determine the extent of the decay. Then, he will use a drill to remove any areas of decayed enamel. This leaves behind nothing but clean, healthy tooth enamel to anchor the filling.

The material that Dr. Grant R Young recommends for the filling will primarily be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a special blend of dental-grade metals. This makes them very durable and a preferred choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth or small biting surface. Since they are often dark in color, amalgam fillings make a poor choice for a tooth that is prevalent in your smile.

Composite resin is a special type of dental-grade plastic. It can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes composite fillings a good choice for repairing teeth that are visible in your smile.

If you live in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and you have a tooth suffering from untreated decay, you should not delay in calling 715-845-6222 to seek professional treatment with Dr. Grant R Young.