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Maintaining healthy teeth is founded on a consistent daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice each day and flossing each evening. Any inconsistencies in this regimen or a habit of procrastinating your twice-annual dental checkup at Land Park Dental increase your chances of developing a cavity.

With early detection, Dr. Narinder Mahal might be able to repair a small cavity with a composite or amalgam dental filling.

The treatment starts with your dentist numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with Novocain. Then, he will use a drill to remove any affected tooth enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy surface for the final filling to bond to.

The material your dentist presents for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental metals. They are dark in color yet durable, making them a better choice for repairing a back tooth compared to one that is visible in your smile.

To repair a cavity that’s visible in your smile, Dr. Narinder Mahal will often suggest a composite resin filling. This is a special type of dental plastic material that can be shaded to perfectly color match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once these filling materials have been applied, cured and hardened, they will repair the tooth for many years to come.

If you live in the Sacramento, California, area and you’re concerned that a cavity might have formed on one of your teeth, you should call 916-421-2200 to have it examined and repaired at Land Park Dental.