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A cavity is a serious dental health condition that can compromise the integrity of a tooth. They are often the result of poor oral hygiene habits that allow bacteria to exploit the tooth enamel. As it starts to develop the tooth decay can cause significant discomfort.

Without treatment by a dentist like Dr. Richard Mantoan, the bacterial presence can compromise an increasing amount of the tooth. This can lead to other complications such as a dental abscess in the gums or a severe dental fracture. Given enough time untreated tooth decay can inevitably lead to total tooth loss.

Dr. Richard Mantoan will start the treatment process by examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the extent of the problem. Then he will numb the tooth before removing all traces of tooth decay. This will provide a clean surface to adhere the dental filling.

This might call for using a dental material known as composite resin that can be blended to match the surrounding tooth enamel. Once it has been applied, Dr. Richard Mantoan will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Flossmoor, Illinois, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your back teeth, you should call 708-794-4253 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Southland Smiles.