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Dental caries is a term used to describe an area of tooth enamel that has been demineralized by plaque acids or the pervasive activity of oral bacteria. More commonly known as cavities, these small areas of tooth decay need to be treated as soon as possible, by a dentist like Dr. Lien Ngo to prevent worsening complications.

After a proper examination of the tooth to assess the severity of the cavity, our team will recommend the most applicable mode of treatment.

If the cavity is relatively small, and it doesn’t threaten the structural integrity of the tooth, our dental professionals might be able to quickly treat it with a composite or amalgam dental filling. This will prevent the tooth decay from spreading and restore the healthy function of the tooth.

After the tooth and underlying gum tissues have been sufficiently numbed, our team will use a dental drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. This will effectively create the necessary surface to bond the dental filling.

The material that we use for the dental filling will be based on both the tooth’s primary function, and its appearance in your smile. Composite dental fillings can look like natural tooth enamel and are the preferred option for repairing a small cavity that appears in your smile. Amalgam is dark, yet durable and more suited to repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth.

Once the appropriate dental filling material has been applied to the prepared surface, Dr. Ngo will harden and secure it with a dental grade ultraviolet light. If you are 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 have it treated at Dentistry Today.