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Cavities are often the result of poor oral hygiene. However, they can also be caused by residual food matter and bacteria becoming trapped inside a chip or dental fracture. Once tooth decay sets in, it will inevitably start to spread. With early detection during a checkup at Niles Dental, Dr. Niles and Dr. Niles-Smith might be able to repair the cavity with a simple filling.

To do this, our dentists will perform a thorough examination of the tooth to assess the extent of the decay. Then, they will use a drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. The material they recommend for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Composite resin fillings can be shaded to match tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a filling that is visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental-grade metals. They are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth.

If you suspect you have a cavity in Woodbridge, Virginia, you should call 703.494.4101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Niles and Dr. Niles-Smith. Our dental team will be happy to meet with you and restore your oral health so you can have the strong and successful smile you deserve.