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Taking pride in a diligent oral hygiene routine is one of the hallmarks that lends itself to a lifetime of good oral health. Unfortunately, there are times when even the most effective oral hygiene routine simply isn’t sufficient for preventing a small area of tooth decay from forming on one of your teeth.

In many cases, a modest sized area of tooth decay can be repaired with a common filling. Before starting the procedure your David A. Browne, DDS, PC dentist will numb the area.

Once the tooth and surrounding gum tissues are thoroughly numb and you are comfortable, the dentist will use a drill to remove all of the tooth decay, to provide a clean surface for the filling that is to come.

The tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile, will determine which material the dentist recommends for the filling. Common filling materials include gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

If you are concerned that you might have a cavity on one of your teeth, you should call David A. Browne, DDS, PC at 815-344-6811 to schedule an appointment.