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If you do not regularly brush and floss your teeth, the plaque, bacteria, and acids in your mouth can work together to attack your tooth enamel. That can result in a cavity. As a cavity starts to form you might experience pain or tooth sensitivity; or you may notice a change in color or texture of your tooth.

Should you experience any of these problems with one of your teeth, you should have it examined as soon as possible. If it’s caught early, the dentist might be able to repair a small cavity by applying an amalgam or composite dental filling.

The dentist will start by examining to tooth and taking some x-rays to make sure that the tooth’s pulp is healthy. Then, he will use a drill to remove the decay and carefully prepare a smooth surface for the filling. The type of filling material the dentist uses will be based on its location and its prevalence in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are typically dark in color and are used to repair a cavity on a molar or premolar. However, they are known to be very durable and can hold up to the pressure from chewing. Dr. Shane McPherson might recommend applying a composite filling if the it will be visible to others. Composite fillings are made of an acrylic resin and powdered glass that can be shaded to match the rest of your tooth.

If you live in Shreveport, Louisiana, area and you suspect a cavity is developing on one of your teeth you should call 318-797-1873 to have it diagnosed and treated at D. Shane McPherson DDS, A Dental Corporation.