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Poor oral hygiene bolsters the natural bacteria living in your mouth. This can affect the health of your mouth in a myriad of ways. Cavities occur when these bacteria actively work to exploit a weakened or textured area of tooth enamel, causing tooth decay to form.

With early detection and treatment, your dentist, Dr. Shiva Hogugi, can often repair a small cavity with a basic amalgam or composite resin dental filling.

First, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding gums with an injection of Novocain. Then, he will use a drill to remove any decayed tooth enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.

The specific material your dentist recommends for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of metals. They are durable, making them a good choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth. If the cavity is visible in your smile, your dentist might recommend repairing it with a composite resin filling. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding natural tooth enamel.

Once the filling has been cured and hardened, it will effectively repair the tooth for a long time to come.

If you would like to learn more about dental fillings in West Bloomfield, Michigan, you should not delay in calling 248-669-5110 to have it repaired at Shiva Hogugi, DDS.