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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each evening. This helps remove food residue and bacterial plaque from your mouth as an important first step to maintaining good oral health. If you struggle to maintain these habits or if you are reticent to attend your twice-annual dental checkup at Dakota Ridge Dental, you are at increased risk of suffering gum disease and tooth decay.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling 303.933.2420 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek. With early diagnosis, they might be able to repair a small cavity with a basic dental filling.

Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek will start by performing a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t penetrated the critical internal structures of the tooth.

Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin & Justin S. Petracek will use a drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. Then, they can start the process of applying a filling. The material they recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile.

An amalgam filling is made from a blend of dental-grade metals. This type of filling is known to be durable yet dark in color. This makes amalgam fillings a better choice for repairing a back tooth. Composite fillings are made from a special type of plastic material that can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity on a tooth in your smile.

If you live in the Littleton, Colorado, area and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 303.933.2420 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Dakota Ridge Dental.