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Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in helping you bite, chew, or process the foods you eat for safe swallowing. The shape of a tooth is why it is in a particular location in your bite pattern.

The average person has two bicuspids toward the front of the mouth. These teeth play an important role in biting off pieces of hard and crunchy foods. If you suspect a cavity has developed on one of these teeth, it’s best to have it examined by Dr. Ronald D. Walker as soon as possible.

If the tooth decay is caught early, the dentist might be able to repair it by installing a composite dental filling. After a basic assessment, the dentist will numb the area, and remove the decay. This will create a healthy surface to bond the dental filling.

The composite material is a special type of dental resin that can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Once it has been applied and hardened by an ultraviolet light, the new dental filling will be nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the natural tooth.

By brushing twice a day and flossing at least once each day, you can expect the new dental filling to last for many years.

If you live in the Oro Valley, Arizona, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 520-297-2511 to have it examined and treated at Dr. Ronald D. Walker, DDS.