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Chips and cavities on a tooth can cause heightened sensitivity and even a possible latent infection inside a tooth. If they are detected and treated early, Dr. Tyler Carlson can often repair a small chip or cavity with a standard amalgam or composite resin filling.

After the tooth has been examined and X-rayed, your dentist can start the filling repair process.To do this, he will numb the tooth and surrounding gums before using a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.

The exact material your dentist recommends for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of inert dental metals. They are dark in color, so they are rarely used to repair a chip or cavity visible in your smile.

For fillings in this location, your dentist will likely use a composite resin filling. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel in your smile.

If you have a tooth with a chip or cavity and you’re interested in knowing more about dental fillings in Rock Springs, Wyoming, you should call 307-362-2220 to have it examined and treated at White Mountain Dental.