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Cavities are often the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene habits. With early detection, Dr. Troy Walton and the dental specialists at his Providence, Utah, clinic can often repair a small cavity with a standard dental filling.

Dr. Troy Walton will start by examining the tooth in question and taking a few X-rays. It’s important to assess the overall health of the tooth to make sure the tooth decay hasn’t penetrated the sensitive interior.

Many people opt to have Novocain injected into their gums to numb the area before the filling treatment. Dr. Troy Walton will then use a drill to carefully remove all the decayed enamel, leaving behind a clean, healthy surface to securely cement the filling in place.

The filling material he chooses will be based on the location of the tooth and the cavity. If it’s visible in your smile, Dr. Troy Walton will likely use a composite resin filling. This dental plastic material can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel. Once it is cured and hardened by a special ultraviolet light, the filling can repair the tooth for many years to come.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you live in the Providence, Utah, area, you should call 435-571-0288 to seek professional treatment at Redwood Dental.