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Most cavities are detected during your regular dental checkup at Gulf Coast Smiles. If you notice a change in your tooth’s texture or if you experience pain or new sensitivity issues in a tooth between checkups, you should not hesitate to have it examined. The longer you wait to have it repaired, the more likely you are to suffer serious complications.

If the cavity is modest in size, your dentist, Dr. Mauricio Martinez, might be able to repair it with a standard filling. This is done by removing all of the decayed enamel. Then, a filling can be applied. White fillings are applied in layers, and each layer is cured. The final filling is shaped, trimmed, and polished.

If the cavity is too large to be safely repaired by a filling, your dentist will often recommend restoring all of the tooth enamel with a dental crown. The enamel will be shaped to allow room for the dental crown in your smile. The dental crown is cemented in place to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of your tooth.

If you suspect that you’re developing a cavity on one of your teeth, you should call Gulf Coast Smiles at 239.549.0001 to learn more about dental fillings in Cape Coral, Florida.