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Each of your teeth is clad with an outer layer made from strong durable tooth enamel. Its mineral density is what gives your teeth the strength and durability to chew food and resist bacterial tooth decay.

Unfortunately, poor oral hygiene can cause a buildup of plaque acids that are capable of demineralizing tooth enamel. Over time it can allow dental caries to develop in the tooth enamel, causing discomfort, sensitivity, and other potential complications.

With early diagnosis, Dr. David J. Berg might be able to apply a standard amalgam or composite resin dental filling to treat a minor cavity.

The treatment process starts with Dr. David J. Berg examining the tooth and taking some X-rays to assess the severity of the tooth decay.

Dr. David J. Berg will then numb the tooth and the underlying periodontal tissues. This will ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Then he will then remove any decayed tooth enamel with a special drill.

The tooth’s visibility in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will determine the material he recommends for the dental filling.

Amalgam dental fillings are made from a blend of special dental grade metals. They are dark in color, so they are most often called for to repair a cavity that won’t appear in your smile. A composite resin dental filling is made from a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes it a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.

If you live in the Sacramento, California, area and you’re concerned that a filling has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 916.567.0900 to have it examined and treated by at Studio 1 Dental.