If you have noticed a change in texture on the surface of a tooth, increased tooth sensitivity, or a curious change in the surface texture of a tooth you should not readily dismiss it. These are often hallmark symptoms of a cavity developing on one of your teeth.
In a situation like this, you should not wait for your next regularly scheduled dental checkup at Raul Ramirez DDS. Having the compromised tooth examined and treated while the area of tooth decay is minor might improve your treatment options.
If the cavity is small and the internal core of the tooth remains healthy, Dr. Raul Ramirez might be able to treat the tooth by applying a dental filling. This calls for him to remove all traces of decayed tooth enamel before installing the specific filling material.
Many dental fillings are made from either metallic amalgam or composite resin. Dr. Raul Ramirez will recommend the material based on the tooth’s location in your mouth and its potential appearance in your smile.
A metallic amalgam dental filling will be very durable, yet dark in color. This makes them a better choice for repairing a cavity on a premolar or molar that will not appear in your smile.
A composite resin dental filling is created from a special type of dental grade plastic that can be shade to blend with the surrounding tooth enamel. This type of material is often good choice for repairing a cavity that will appear in your smile.
If you live in the Metairie, Louisiana, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 504-885-3255 to schedule a dental checkup.