Unfortunately, you can be as effective and diligent as possible with you oral hygiene routine and still develop tooth decay on one of your teeth. Even though most tooth decay issues are diagnosed and resolved during your regular dental checkups, however, if you happen to notice a problem area with your teeth, you should schedule an appointment immediately with Dr. Peterson.

Left to its own devices, even a small area of tooth decay can develop into a significantly serious problem.

Usually, Dr. Peterson can repair a small area of tooth decay by applying a simple filling. First, the dentist will want to examine the tooth and take a few X-rays to assess the extent of decay.

After the problem has been diagnosed, Dr. Peterson will discuss your options for numbing. The most common choice is the injection of novocaine into the gums to numb the area.

Next, your dentist will remove the decayed enamel to create a clean healthy surface to securely cement the filling in place. The tooth’s primary function in your mouth and appearance in your smile will determine what material the dentist recommends for your filling.

Most filling are made from composite plastic, porcelain, silver amalgam, or gold. The silver amalgam or composite plastic filling can be completed in one office visit, but porcelain and gold will require a second visit to the dentist office.

If you’ve noticed a problem area with your teeth or a cavity, call Dr. Peterson at 209-473-2521, to schedule an appointment.