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When a minor inconsistency in your daily brushing and flossing efforts fails to effectively clean an area of tooth enamel, the bacterial deposits can start to weaken the nearby tooth enamel. As time goes on this can cause a gradual demineralization of the tooth, causing a cavity to form.

As this starts to happen, you will likely notice a growing sense of discomfort in the affected teeth. This could also be accompanied by a noticeable change in texture and increased sensitivity.

If you have noticed a problem like this with one of your teeth between your regularly scheduled dental checkups with Dr. Scott Elrod, you should schedule an appointment. In a short amount of time he can assess the severity of the tooth decay on each tooth and develop an effective treatment plan.

If the area of tooth decay is small and limited to the tooth’s enamel, he might be able to repair them by applying a series of dental filling.

At the start of the treatment process, Dr. Scott Elrod will discuss your numbing options. Most people opt to have Novocaine injected into the underlying gum tissues. This will sufficiently numb the area long enough to perform the dental filling treatments.

Dr. Scott Elrod will then carefully remove any decayed tooth enamel leaving behind a clean healthy surface capable of bonding the dental fillings. A tooth’s prevalence in your smile and the surface needed for the dental filling will directly influence the material he recommends.

After the appropriate material has been installed onto the prepared surfaces, Dr. Scott Elrod will harden and bond them in place with a special ultraviolet light.

If you live in the Lake Jackson, Texas, area and you have tooth decay concerns, you should call 979-297-0337 to have it examined at Distinctive Dental Services.