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While the tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth is designed to be durable enough to resist the advance of bacteria, it is nonetheless possible for poor oral hygiene to allow tooth decay to develop. When this happens, you might notice a change in texture, increased sensitivity, or general state of discomfort in the tooth. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking dental care at Dr. Thomas Ouellette’s clinic in Denver, Colorado.

If it’s detected early, Dr. Thomas Ouellette might be able to treat the problem by applying a standard filling made from gold, porcelain, amalgam, or composite resin. The longer you delay having a small cavity treated, the more likely it is to increase in size.

Should the area of tooth decay become too large to viably secure a filling, Dr. Thomas Ouellette might recommend treating the tooth with crown restoration. This will effectively remove the entire tooth enamel layer and recast it in a special dental-grade material such as gold, base metals, or porcelain ceramic.

Regardless of the final treatment method, the tooth will still need regular attention in your daily oral hygiene routine. Any inconsistencies in your daily habits could allow new complications or a new area of tooth decay to develop.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 303.296.1402 to seek treatment with Dr. Thomas Ouellette.