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If you take a relaxed stance toward brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each evening, you are at increased risk of suffering a cavity on one of your teeth. When this happens, you might experience increased sensitivity or a change in the tooth’s texture. Early on, Dr. Denver Palmer might be able to treat a small area of tooth decay by applying a filling at his, Farmington, New Mexico dental office.

After a thorough examination and X-rays to assess the severity of the tooth decay, Dr. Denver Palmer will numb the tooth with Novocaine. Then he will remove all traces of bacterial presence. This will create a smooth surface to securely bond the filling in place.

The material Dr. Denver Palmer recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function and the filling’s visibility in your smile. Composite resin fillings are made from a special dental-grade plastic material that can be color-matched to the surrounding tooth enamel.

Amalgam is another type of filling material Dr. Denver Palmer might recommend. They are made from a blend of dental metals that are dark in color. They are also very durable making them better for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth.  

After the filling has been applied, Dr. Denver Palmer will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the filling in place. With improved oral hygiene habits, the filling-repaired tooth should last for many years to come.

If you live in the Farmington, New Mexico area, and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, please call (505) 327.0044 to have it treated and repaired by Dr. Denver Palmer.