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Demineralized tooth enamel is at increasing risk of suffering from a cavity. This small area of tooth decay is even more likely to occur if you are inconsistent with your twice-daily brushing and flossing routine.

If you are having a problem with one of your teeth, you should not delay in having it examined by a dentist like Dr. Larry Hemby. If it’s caught early, he might be able to repair a small cavity by applying an amalgam or composite dental filling.

Dr. Hemby will start by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to make sure the sensitive internal structures have not been affected. So long as the tooth decay is limited to the tooth’s enamel layer he can proceed with the dental filling process.

This calls for him removing all the compromised tooth enamel while also carefully preparing a smooth surface to bond the dental filling material.

Amalgam fillings are generally dark which makes them a poor choice to repair a cavity that will appear in your smile. Yet they are known to be very durable, which makes them a preferred choice for repairing molar or premolar.

Dr. Hemby might use a composite dental filling if it will appear in your smile. This is a special type of dental plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the adjacent tooth enamel.

Once the appropriate dental filling material has been applied to the prepared surface, Dr. Hemby will harden it with a special ultraviolet light.

If you live in Southport, North Carolina, area and you suspect a cavity is developing on one of your teeth you should call 910-457-5026 to have it diagnosed and repaired at Southport Dental’s dental office.