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Tooth decay is commonly referred to as a cavity. Your six month dental checkup and cleaning at Dr. Michael Hollingsworth is designed to detect tooth decay. However, if you notice that one of your teeth has a changed texture, has a small hole or has developed sensitivity issues, you should not ignore it. Even a small area of tooth decay can develop into a significantly serious problem.

In many cases, our Dr. Michael Hollingsworth team can repair tooth decay by applying a simple filling. Your dentist, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth, will examine the tooth in question and take a few X-rays to assess the extent of decay.

Once the problem area has been thoroughly diagnosed, your dentist will discuss your numbing options. Most people choose to have novocaine injected into their gums to numb the area.

Once the area is numbed, the dentist will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel and to create a clean, healthy surface to securely cement the filling in place. The tooth’s primary function in your mouth will determine what material the dentist recommends for your filling.

Most fillings are made from gold, amalgam, composite or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

If you suspect you have a cavity in St. Joseph, Missouri, you should call Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788 to have it examined.