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Your routine dental checkup includes a thorough inspection of your teeth to detect tooth decay and other oral health issues. Tooth decay occurs when food particles and plaque in the mouth harbor bacteria that can attack the enamel of your teeth. If the hygienist or dentist detects an area of minor tooth decay one of the most common solutions is to fill it with a material that is not susceptible to tooth decay.

It’s important to resolve tooth decay early before it can develop into a bigger problem that might require a crown or even a root canal procedure to restore the tooth.

It’s not uncommon for dentist will probably take few x-rays to get a clear picture of the health of your tooth’s enamel, dentin and root.

The dentist will then discuss your numbing options. Most people opt for novocaine. Once the area is sufficiently numb, they will use a drill to remove any compromised enamel, leaving only healthy enamel to anchor your filling.

What your filling is made from will vary depending on the tooth’s location, function and relationship to your smile. The dentist will recommend the best material for your situation.

It’s important to have tooth decay addressed early before it progresses into something more serious. If you have a cavity in one of your teeth please call us at 415-800-7594 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!