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Each of your routine dental checkups with our dentist includes a professional dental cleaning as well as a comprehensive examination to monitor the overall health of your mouth. If you occasionally forget to brush your teeth each morning and night or you have a bad habit of skipping your daily flossing, a cavity could develop between your dental checkups.

Early symptoms of tooth decay should not be ignored. Early diagnosis and treatment will improve your treatment options and minimize further complications. These symptoms may include tooth sensitivity, or discomfort or a change in texture of your tooth. Sometimes a small area of tooth decay could also cause a minor discoloration in the surrounding tooth enamel. If you have noticed any of these things occurring with one of your teeth, you should schedule an examination with Dr. James Thomason at your earliest convenience. If the cavity is caught in a reasonable amount of time the dentist may be able to treat a minor cavity with a simple dental filling.

The treatment process starts with the dentist numbing the tooth before carefully removing all traces of decayed tooth enamel. The material that he recommends will be based on position of the tooth in your smile. Composite dental fillings are often the preferred choice for a highly visible tooth, and are increasingly being used for other teeth as well. The material can be shaded to mimic natural tooth enamel allowing the treated area to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your natural teeth.

If you live in the Rexburg, Idaho, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 208-356-3012 to have it diagnosed and treated at North Fork Dental Care.