While it’s rare and certainly unfortunate, there are times when even the most consistent oral hygiene regimen isn’t sufficient to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. This could be the result of demineralized tooth enamel or a small chip that has trapped bacterial residue.
With early detection, the dentists at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry’s offices here in Auburn Hills, Michigan, can often repair a small area of tooth decay with an amalgam or composite-resin filling. We will start with a thorough examination of the tooth in question to determine the severity of the decay.
Your dentist will then use a drill to remove any areas of decayed matter and prepare a clean surface of tooth enamel to anchor the eventual filling.
The material they use for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a special blend of dental-grade metals. This makes them very durable, and a preferred choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth. Since they are typically dark in color, amalgam fillings will not be the first option to choose from for a tooth prevalent in your smile.
Composite resin can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth enamel. This is a good choice for repairing a cavity appearing in your smile.
If you live in the Auburn Hills, Michigan area and you have a tooth suffering from a cavity, don’t delay in calling 248-852-8766 to seek professional treatment at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry’s dental office.