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Unfortunately, there are times when even the most effective oral hygiene routine isn’t enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one or your teeth. If you notice a problem area on one of your teeth such as a change in texture, a sharp edge or, heightened sensitivity issues, you schedule an appointment with Dr. Mundra to have it examined. Left to its own devices a modest cavity can develop into a big problem.

Dr. Mundra will start by conducting a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t reached the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. So long as the area of tooth decay is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, the dentist can repair it by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums and applying a basic filling.

Dr. Mundra will then use a drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. The material she recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain are industry standard materials, used in fillings. 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 have a cavity forming on one of your teeth, you should call Dr. Mundra’s office in Worcester, Massachusetts at 508-471-5181 to have it examined and treated.