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A cavity often forms when poor oral hygiene allows the bacteria in your mouth to decay a weakened area of tooth enamel. This is even more likely to happen if you have insufficient fluoride exposure in your average day. With early detection, your dentist, Dr. Damon P. Swenson, can repair most small cavities with a simple dental filling.

Dr. Damon P. Swenson will want to examine the tooth and take a few X-rays. This will help him assess the extent of the decay and ensure that the internal structures of the tooth are still healthy and strong.

Then, he will explain your numbing options. Most people choose to have Novocain injected into their gums to numb the area.

Dr. Damon P. Swenson will then use a drill to carefully remove the decayed enamel, leaving behind a clean, healthy surface to securely cement the filling in place. The tooth’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material he recommends for your filling.

Standard filling materials include amalgam or composite. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity.

If you suspect one of your teeth has a cavity in Orem, Utah, you should call 801-224-7337 to schedule an appointment at CrossPointe Dental.