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There are several things that can cause a cavity. While cavities are typically the result of poor oral hygiene habits, it is also possible for a chip in the enamel to attract food particles and bacteria, causing new cavity to form.

If the decay is detected early, it can often be repaired at Shanker Dental with a composite or amalgam filling.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Bennett R. Shanker numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with an injection of Novocain. Then, he will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.

The material your dentist recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Composite fillings are made from a special dental resin that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental-grade metals. They are dark in color, making them better for repairing a cavity that isn’t visible in your smile.

Once the filling has been applied, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the filling in place. With improved oral hygiene habits, you can expect the repaired tooth to last for many years.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you would like to know more about dental fillings in Bridgeton, New Jersey, you should call 856-455-1183 to have it treated and repaired at Shanker Dental.