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Tooth decay is often a result of poor oral hygiene allowing the natural bacteria in your mouth to exploit a weakened area of tooth enamel. When a cavity forms on a tooth, the decay can spread quickly throughout the tooth enamel. Without timely treatment, it could even infect the interior of the tooth, resulting in even more serious complications. Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Matthew Hernandez, can often treat modest cavities with a standard dental filling.

To do this, he will perform a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t penetrated the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Then, he will 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.

Amalgam and composite are industry standard materials used in fillings. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity simply in the same appointment.

If you are concerned that you have a cavity in Lynnwood, Washington, you should call Express Dental Care at 425-672-8494 to have the tooth treated and repaired. We are happy to address any of your questions or concerns you may have pertaining to your oral care.