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When tooth decay afflicts a tooth in your smile, it can have a serious impact on your self-esteem. Fortunately, Dr. Meredith McClay is well versed in a number of dental repair techniques needed to treat cavities and preserve the appearance of your smile.

Your dentist will start the process by examining the tooth and taking a few X-rays. This helps her determine the extent of the decay and decide the material for the filling.

Your dentist will then numb the area before using a drill to remove all the decayed tooth enamel. Composite fillings are made from a special dental-grade plastic that can be shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes it nearly impossible for the casual observer to even notice the filling.

Once it has been applied, cured, and hardened, the newly repaired tooth should last for many years to come. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices can also help improve the overall longevity of the filling as it will prevent bacteria from further attacking the remaining healthy tooth enamel.

If you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you would like to know more about dental fillings in Medford, Oregon, you should call Creekside Family Dental at 541-210-9661 to have it examined and treated.