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The American Dental Association recommends having a routine dental checkup performed by a dentist like Dr. Tom G. Schleicher every six months. This outpatient appointment is designed to clean your teeth of bacterial deposits while also identifying early signs of gum disease, cavities, and other oral health conditions.

If Dr. Tom G. Schleicher finds a small area of tooth decay on one of your teeth he might be able to repair it with a simple amalgam or composite dental filling. This will involve removing all traces of tooth decay before applying an alternate dental material.

The specific material Dr. Tom G. Schleicher uses will be based on the tooth’s function and the dental filling’s visibility in your smile.

Amalgam dental fillings are created from a blend of dental metals that are dark in color. They are also very durable making them better for repairing a back tooth.

Composite dental fillings are made from a special type of resin. This plastic material can be color matched to the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good option for repairing a chip or cavity on a tooth that appears in your smile.

If you are in the Colonial Heights, Virginia, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth you should call 804-526-0231 to schedule a dental checkup at Thomas G. Schleicher, DDS PLC.