Understanding Your Treatment Options for Repairing a Cavity

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Even if you diligently brush your teeth twice a day, it might still be possible for small cavity to form on one of your teeth. Most cavities are detected during Dr. Alan Goral’s regular dental checkup. Should you notice a change in texture, experience pain or new sensitivity issues in a tooth, between checkups, you should call Dr. Alan Goral, at your earliest convenience. The longer you wait to have it repaired the more likely you are to suffer serious complications.

If the cavity is relatively small, he might be able to repair it with a standard filling. This is done by removing all of the decayed enamel. Then a filling made from gold, porcelain, amalgam or composite resin can be applied. The material used for the filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function, the location of the cavity, and its visibility in your smile.

If the cavity has grown too large to be easily repaired by a filling, Dr. Alan Goral will often recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.

If the tooth is visible in your smile, he will likely recommend restoring it with a porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal crown. Back teeth that are responsible for heavy grinding, are often better served by a crown made out of a durable material like gold or base metal alloys.

If you suspect that you’re developing a cavity on one of your teeth, you should call Dr. Alan Goral’s office in Littleton, Colorado at 303-933-2273 at your earliest convenience.