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Demineralized tooth enamel is often the result of chronic poor oral hygiene or bacterial deposits that accumulate on a tooth’s contoured surface. If it’s not countered in some way a cavity could start to develop in the area.

Early tooth decay symptoms could involve discomfort and increased sensitivity in the tooth, as well as a slight change in texture. Some areas of tooth decay can also discolor a small area of tooth enamel.

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms you need to seek a professional diagnosis from a dentist like Dr. Don Wyatt. If the tooth decay is minor, he might be able to treat the tooth with a dental filling.

This mode of treatment involves numbing the tooth before removing any decayed tooth enamel. This will also prepare the necessary surface to anchor the dental filling material.

An amalgam dental filling is made from a metallic blend. It is often a preferred choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth. Their dark color makes amalgam dental fillings a poor choice for a tooth that appears in your smile.

A composite dental filling can be shaded to match the tooth’s natural enamel. This makes it a good option for repairing a cavity that appears in your smile.

If you live in the Jerome, Idaho, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 208-324-8861 to seek professional treatment at Today's Dental Care’s dental offices.