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The American Dental Association recommends having a regularly scheduled dental checkup performed by a dentist like Dr. Alex Osovsky every six months. This simple outpatient appointment is important for clearing away bacterial deposits from your teeth, while also identifying any early developing oral health conditions.

It also includes an important dental exam. This will involve Dr. Alex Osovsky inspecting your mouth for signs of gum disease, oral cancers, or tooth decay. Should he find a small active area of tooth decay, he might be able to repair it by removing the decayed material and installing a basic dental filling.

If the compromised area of tooth enamel will be visible in your smile he might use a composite dental filling. This is a special type of dental resin that can be easily shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel. This will make the dental filling indistinguishable from the rest of healthy tooth.

After shading and applying the composite resin, Dr. Alex Osovsky will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it. This will effectively bond the new dental filling to the adjacent tooth enamel, thus restoring the healthy function of the tooth.

Going forward you might want to make a concerted effort to maintain a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine. This can help reduce the presence of plaque acids in your mouth to help prevent future cavities.

If you live in the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 847-850-0600 to have it examined and treated by the dental professionals at Dental Esthetics of Buffalo Grove’s dental offices.