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Acidic foods and drinks and poor oral hygiene can weaken tooth enamel enough for the natural bacteria in your mouth to form tooth decay. If the tooth decay is detected and diagnosed early, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker can often repair it with a standard filling of amalgam and composite resin.

Your dentist will first conduct a thorough examination of the tooth in question to determine the extent of the decay. This might also include taking a few X-rays to make sure the cavity is limited to the tooth enamel. Then, he will use a drill to remove any decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a perfectly clean surface to cement a filling.

The material he recommends for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity.

If you are concerned that you might have a cavity in Bridgeton, New Jersey, you should call Shanker Dental at 856-455-1183 to have it examined the treated. We are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have pertaining to your oral care and your smile. So, call us today and let us give you a healthy and beautiful smile in time for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.