Posted .

A cavity can form on a tooth when you are lax about performing your daily oral hygiene routine. This is even more likely to be an issue if you have a habit of putting off your twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS. As time goes by, the bolstered bacteria in your mouth can work to attack a weakened area of tooth enamel.

When this happens, the cavity might change the texture or color of the tooth as well as cause heightened sensitivity. With early detection, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid can often repair a small cavity with a simple filling.

The specific material he recommends for the filling will be based on the cavity’s location in your mouth and visibility in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are durable and can be used to repair cavities on back teeth. Amalgam is dark in color so it is rarely used to fill a cavity in a spot that is visible in your smile.

Composite fillings are made from a resin material that can be shaded to match the surrounding enamel. These fillings can be applied in a single appointment. They are a good choice for teeth that appear in your smile.

If you live in the Chatham, New Jersey, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 973.635.9456 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS.