If you are inconsistent in your daily oral hygiene routine or you sometimes procrastinate your routine dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Joseph Goodman or Dr. Lisa Kim, then you are at increased risk of suffering from a cavity. This often starts out as a small area of tooth enamel that has been compromised by poor oral hygiene. If it’s caught early our dentists can often repair a small cavity with a simple amalgam of composite resin dental filling.
The treatment process starts with your dentist numbing the tooth and surrounding gums, before removing all traces of tooth decay. This will provide a clean surface to adhere the dental filling.
The specific material used for your dental filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of inert dental metals. They are dark in color so they are rarely used to repair a cavity that appears in your smile.
For dental fillings in the front of your mouth, our dentist might use a composite resin material. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel in your smile. Once the dental filling been hardened by an ultraviolet light it will repair the tooth for many years ahead.
If you live in Beverly Hills, California, and you have a tooth suffering from a cavity, you should call 310-734-4557 to have it examined and treated at Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD. Dr. Joseph Goodman and Dr. Lisa Kim look forward to helping you create the smile you have always wanted.