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There are times when even the most consistent oral hygiene routine with the highest quality of oral hygiene products is still not enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. Timely treatment and repair is absolutely essential for preventing potential complications as the area of decay spreads.

If a cavity is diagnosed and treated early, Dr. Brett Riche can often repair it by applying a standard dental filling in Farmington, New Mexico.

First, he will numb the tooth and surrounding gums for your comfort. Then, he will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.

The specific material your dentist recommends for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

Gold and porcelain fillings need to be prepared in a dental lab, and they will require a brief follow-up appointment to be placed. Amalgam and composite fillings can be repaired in that one single session. Once it is cemented into place and is allowed to cure, the filling should effectively repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t hesitate to have it examined and treated. Please call Dr. Brett Riche at 505.592.0477 to seek timely diagnosis, treatment, and repair.