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A cavity can form on one of your teeth when the natural bacteria in your mouth manage to compromise the otherwise healthy tooth enamel. If caught early, Dr. Craig Thomas can often treat any small- to medium-sized cavity by applying a basic dental filling.

The process of repairing a tooth in this manner is relatively straightforward. Dr. Craig Thomas will examine the tooth and take a series of X-rays. This helps determine the full extent of the problem and determine the overall health of the tooth.

Then, he will inject Novocain into your gums to numb the area. A drill will then be used to remove all the decayed enamel.

The material that Dr. Craig Thomas recommends for the filling will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function, the fillings location on the tooth, and the filling’s appearance in your smile. Composite-resin fillings can be applied in the first appointment.

Porcelain fillings need to be produced in an off-site dental lab. To create these fillings, Dr. Craig Thomas will cast a detailed impression of the cleaned cavity. Then, he will apply a temporary filling. The impression will be sent to the dental lab where it will be produced in short order.

You will need to come into Carolina Avenue Dental Care for a second appointment when the filling is ready. Your dentist will remove the temporary filling and cement your new porcelain filling in place. With the proper care and cleaning, this will restore the full function of the tooth for many years to come.

If you have a cavity on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling Dr. Craig Thomas at 843-899-5911 to have it treated and repaired with a dental filling in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.