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Sometimes even the most effective and diligent oral hygiene regimen isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay. If you notice a problem area on one of your teeth, like a change in texture or if you experience sensitivity, you should not ignore the problem. If the problem is detected early enough, our Scholes Family Dental team can often repair a small cavity with a basic filling in Couer d'Alene, Idaho.

In many cases, your dentist, Dr. Michael Scholes, can repair tooth decay by applying a simple filling. Your dentist will examine the tooth in question and take a few X-rays to assess the extent of the decay.

Once the problem area has been thoroughly diagnosed, your dentist will discuss your numbing options. Most people choose to have novocaine injected into their gums to numb the area.

Once the area is numb, the dentist will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel and to create a clean, healthy surface to securely cement the filling in place. The tooth’s primary function in your mouth will determine what material the dentist recommends using for your filling.

Most fillings are made of gold, amalgam, composite resin or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

Early detection and treatment of a cavity significantly reduces your chances of develop a serious dental problem. If you notice tooth decay symptoms, you should call Scholes Family Dental as soon as possible at 208-667-1578 and schedule an appointment.