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If you are diligent about brushing and flossing your pearly whites every day, limiting your intake of sugary and starchy foods, and coming in for regular dental checkups and cleanings, your teeth and gums will generally reward you with a healthy smile! But sometimes, despite your hard work and daily attention to your smile you can still develop a cavity. Cavities can and do happen to even the most diligent of us. So what is tooth decay exactly?

Dental caries are holes in your tooth that grow because of bacterial plaque which forms acid. This acid erodes the tooth enamel and the layer beneath it, called the dentin. And even when decay is removed by your dentist, the hole still remains. Cavities can develop on the top of teeth (or biting surface) between the teeth and on the root surface of the teeth.

At our practice, we work hard to restore your tooth back to its normal function by providing dental restorations. We do this by filling the cavity hole with a filling material, which can come in a variety of materials–dental amalgam, cast gold, composite resin, porcelain, etc. At Dakota Ridge Dental, we use tooth-colored dental fillings called composite fillings to brighten your smile. So what can you expect when you have a dental filling done at our practice?

The Restoration Process

After you settle in, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth we will be working on. Next, we will cut through the tooth enamel to clean out all decay in the tissue. After removing the decay, we will shape the area to be filled with the filling material. Next, will layer resin on the tooth and use a “curing” light to harden and strengthen the material. Once the filling has been placed we will finish the procedure by polishing your tooth. And your tooth will be almost as good as new!

If you are feeling pain when you chew, a tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold, or a toothache that isn’t improving, you may have a cavity. To come and have your tooth checked out by one of our caring dentists, Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin and Justin S. Petracek, please reach out to our Dakota Ridge Dental team in Littleton, Colorado at 303.933.2420 today!