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The American Dental Association offers several recommendations to help maintain the health of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. This includes brushing twice each day, flossing each evening, and regular attendance of a twice-annual dental checkup.

Any inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine or failure to attend your dental exam at Dr. Scott’s Alexandria, Virginia office increases your chances of suffering a cavity on one of your teeth.

If you experience sensitivity problems, a change in texture or other abnormalities on one of your teeth, you should not delay in seeking diagnosis with Dr. Scott. With early detection he can usually repair a small area of tooth decay with a basic filling.

After a thorough examination of the tooth and X-rays, Dr. Scott will numb the area with an injection of Novocaine. Dr. Scott will then use a drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. The material he recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile.

An amalgam filling is made from a blend of dental-grade metals. This type of filling is known to be durable yet dark in color. This makes amalgam fillings a better choice for repairing a back tooth. Composite resin fillings are made from a special type of plastic material that can be color shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity on a tooth in a visible area of your smile.

If you live in the Alexandria, Virginia area and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, we invite you to call 703-354-0111 to have it professionally examined and treated by Dr. Scott. Our team is happy to help you with all of your oral health needs!