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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. Common signs that a cavity has formed include a change in texture, a sharp edge forming or heightened sensitivity issues. If you experience any of these things, you need to have Dr. James Gunelson examine and treat your tooth before it can spread to further compromise the tooth.

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

Gold, amalgam, composite resin or porcelain are industry’s standard materials that are 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 Stanley Hometown Dentistry LLC at 715-644-3601 to have it examined and treated. We are happy to treat your decay with a dental filling in Stanley, Wisconsin!