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Poor oral hygiene promotes the natural bacteria in your mouth. This can affect your oral health in a myriad of ways. Tooth decay is one of the more serious complications of poor oral hygiene. This occurs when the bacteria work to exploit a weakened or textured area of tooth enamel, compromising the health and function of the tooth.

In many cases, a modest area of tooth decay can be repaired with an ordinary filling made from amalgam or composite materials.

To do this, your dentist, Dr. Scott Howe, will numb the tooth and surrounding gums before using a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy surface for the final filling to adhere to.

Amalgam and composite fillings can be repaired in one single session, which can save you time in your busy day-to-day life.

The exact material the dentist recommends for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Once it is applied, the cement will be cured and hardened. The filling should effectively repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you suspect you have a cavity in Salem, Oregon, you should not delay in scheduling an appointment at Riverfront Dental LLC to have it treated and repaired.