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If you don’t practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist for your regular appointments, decay can develop in your teeth. This is even more likely to occur in textured or contoured areas of a tooth that traps minute bacterial deposits.

Early signs that a cavity has started to affect one of your teeth could include discomfort and increased sensitivity in the tooth, as well as a slight change in texture. Some areas of tooth decay can also discolor a small area of tooth enamel.

If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Lien Ngo. In a minor case she might be able to treat the tooth with a dental filling. This treatment process calls for numbing the tooth and removing any areas of decayed tooth enamel. The dentist will also create a an area in your tooth in which she will place the filling. An amalgam dental filling is made from a metallic blend. This option is sometimes the preferred choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth. The strength of the amalgam, along with its dark color makes it a good choice for repairing teeth in the back of your mouth which pressure from chewing. Dental fillings made from composite resin can be shaded to match the tooth’s natural enamel. This makes it a good option for repairing a cavity that appears in your smile.

If you live in the West Sacramento, California, area and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 916-372-7022 to make an appointment at Dentistry Today.