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Plaque and other bacterial deposits that aren’t cleared away by your daily brushing and flossing efforts can lead to the chronic plaque acid buildup in your mouth. Over time, this can start to weaken your tooth enamel’s mineral density. This can cause a cavity to develop on one of your teeth

Sometimes a single surface area of tooth decay can be treated by our dentists by installing a dental filling. Most are made from either composite resin or metallic amalgam.

The treatment process starts with Drs. Boyle and Boyle sufficiently numbing the tooth and local gum tissues with an injection of procaine. This will ensure your comfort while they work to treat the compromised tooth.

All traces of tooth decay will be meticulously removed. This will create a clean tooth enamel surface that can hold the dental filling in place.

The treated area’s location and primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material that our dentists select for the dental filling. Amalgam is composed of a special blend of dental metals that are durable and dark in appearance. This makes it a better option for repairing a surface that doesn’t appear in your smile. A composite dental filling is made from a special type of dental resin. It can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 804-569-0530 to have it examined and treated at Boyle Dentistry.