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If you struggle to brush and floss your teeth every day, the poor oral hygiene environment in your mouth can allow bacteria to flourish. As this continues, plaque acids can start to demineralize areas of your tooth enamel allowing a cavity to develop on one or more of your teeth. With early diagnosis, our dental specialists might be able to repair a small cavity with a composite or amalgam filling.

The process starts with a thorough examination to determine the severity of the tooth decay. Then your dentist will numb the tooth and dental drill to remove any compromised tooth enamel. This will provide the necessary surface texture to bond the dental filling in place.

The material used for the dental filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Your dentist will likely use a composite resin dental filling if the cavity was on a tooth in your smile This is a special type of dental plastic material that can be shaded to perfectly color match the surrounding tooth enamel. Your dentist might otherwise use an amalgam dental filling to repair a molar or premolars in the back of your mouth. This is a blend of dental metals that dark in color yet durable.

Once the dental filling has been applied and hardened by ultraviolet light, it will repair the tooth for many years to come. If you live in the San Jose, California, area and you’re concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, give us a call at 408-227-6000 to have it treated at AZ Dental.