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Oral hygiene inconsistencies and a bad habit of procrastinating your routine dental exam at KC Smile Doc can increase your chances of suffering a cavity. Early symptoms of this could include heightened sensitivity in a tooth or a noticeable change in the tooth’s texture. If it is detected early, a modest-size cavity can often be treated with a composite or amalgam filling.

Dr. J. Richard Burch will begin treatment by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to assess the extent of the decay, ensuring that the internal structures of the tooth have not been harmed.

Dr. J. Richard Burch will then use an injection of Novocain to numb the tooth and surrounding gums. Then he will remove any decayed enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a clean, healthy surface to later anchor the filling material.

The tooth’s visibility in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will determine the material Dr. J. Richard Burch recommends for your filling.

Amalgam fillings are made from biologically safe metals. They are dark in color, making them a poor choice for repairing a cavity in your smile. Composite resin fillings are made from a dental-grade plastic resin that can be shaded to match your tooth enamel. This style of filling is a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.

If you live in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and you’re concerned that a filling has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 816-822-0990 to have it examined and repaired at KC Smile Doc.