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Dr. Susan A. Vanstone’s regular dental checkup and cleaning will detect any and all areas of tooth decay in your mouth. However, if you notice one of your teeth has an area with a change in texture or sensitivity, you shouldn’t delay in having it examined. Caught early most tooth decay problems can be treated by applying a basic filling.

Most people choose to have Dr. Susan A. Vanstone inject Novocain into their gums to numb the area in advance of the filling treatment. Then she will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel leaving behind a strong, healthy surface for the eventual filling.

The tooth’s primary function and appearance in your smile, will determine the material used for the filling. Most fillings are made from gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.
With a consistent daily oral hygiene routine, the permanent filling will restore the full function and appearance of the tooth for a long time to come.

If you have noticed some of the telltale signs of a cavity forming on one of your teeth, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Susan A. Vanstone’s office in Richmond, Kentucky at 859-626-9339 to set up an appointment.