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Each of your routine dental checkups is designed to clean your teeth, while also detecting early signs of cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health conditions. It’s also worth noting that dental caries can develop on one of your teeth in between your dental checkup.

Early symptoms that tooth decay has started affecting one of your teeth could include heightened sensitivity, a noticeable change in the tooth’s texture, or discomfort when chewing. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms with one of your teeth, you should have it examined and treated by a dentist like Dr. Michael Scholes.

After a thorough examination he will help you understand your treatment options. If the cavity is small, he might be able to treat the tooth by applying a basic dental filling.

This process starts with Dr. Michael Scholes numbing the tooth and surrounding gums to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Dr. Michael Scholes will then use a special dental drill to remove any traces of tooth decay. This will provide a healthy tooth enamel surface to bond the dental filling material.

The specific dental filling material he uses for the dental filling will depend on the tooth’s appearance in your smile and the affected surface of the tooth.

Composite fillings are made from a special type of dental resin. It can easily be shaped and colored to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental grade metals. They are dark in color and known for being durable. This makes them a better choice for repairing a cavity on a molar or premolar that doesn’t appear in your smile.

Once the dental filling has been applied and shaped, Dr. Michael Scholes will use a special ultraviolet light to harden and adhere it to the existing tooth enamel.

If you live in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 208-667-1578 to seek treatment at Scholes Family Dental.