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If you are remiss to brush your teeth twice and floss once each day, then you are putting your teeth at increased risk of suffering a cavity. This is even more likely to be a problem if you also procrastinate your regular dental checkups at Dr. Sandy Pape’s office.

With early diagnosis, a small cavity might be repaired by having Dr. Sandy Pape apply a simple amalgam or composite resin dental filling.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Sandy Pape examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to assess the severity of the tooth decay. If the cavity extends into the pulp of the tooth, she might recommend additional treatment methods.

Dr. Sandy Pape will then numb the tooth and local gum tissues. This will ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Then she will then remove any decayed tooth enamel with a special drill.

The tooth’s visibility in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will determine the final material Dr. Sandy Pape recommends for the dental filling.

Amalgam dental fillings are made from biologically safe metals. They are dark in color, so they are most often called for to repair a cavity that won’t appear in your smile. A composite resin dental filling is made from a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes it a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.

If you live in the Key West, Florida, area and you’re concerned that a filling has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 305-293-1660 to have it examined and treated by at Isle Smile.