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An inadequate oral hygiene routine and inconsistent regular dental checkups with your dentist, Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib, greatly increases your chances of developing a cavity on one of your teeth. With early detection, your dentist can usually repair a small cavity with a standard dental filling in Santa Rosa, California.

Your dentist will start by examining and X-raying the tooth to make sure the tooth decay has not penetrated the interior structures of the tooth. Then, he will discuss your numbing options. Most people choose to have novocain injected into the surrounding gums to completely numb the area.

The material your dentist recommends for the filling will be based on the location of the cavity, the primary function of the tooth, and the tooth’s prevalence in your smile.

A tooth that isn’t in your smile can often be filled with an amalgam filling. If a tooth is visible in your smile, it might need a composite filling. These materials can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel. That is why this filling has become popular in dentistry across the nation.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you shouldn’t hesitate to call Preferred Dental at 707-544-8338 to have it examined and repaired. We are happy to help you in any way we can!