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The various surfaces of your teeth have shapes and contours to match the specific tooth’s function in your mouth. This allows you to efficiently break down food into small pieces that can be safely swallowed.

Sometimes the contours and spaces between your teeth can trap tiny food particles and plaque buildup. If these bacterial deposits aren’t cleared away when you brush and floss, it could promote tooth enamel demineralization. In time a sensitive cavity could form.

If you have noticed a change in one of your teeth, you shouldn’t wait for your next dental checkup. Instead, it is best to have any suspected tooth decay diagnosed and treated by an experienced dentist like Dr. Debora Bolton.

In a case where the tooth decay only affects a single tooth enamel surface, she might be able to treat the problem by installing a dental filling. This mode of treatment typically calls for removing any decayed tooth enamel before applying either composite resin or metallic amalgam.

Once this is done, she will secure the filling in place and harden it with a special ultraviolet light. This will effectively restore the tooth’s function in your mouth for many years to come.

If you live in the Durham, North Carolina, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 919-381-5900 to seek treatment at Bull City Smiles Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Debora Bolton DDS.