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Dental caries can occur when poor oral hygiene causes a chronic acidic environment in your mouth. As it continues to occur, the mineral content of your tooth enamel can start to weaken. This is even more likely to occur in areas where plaque and other bacterial deposits build up.

As the bacteria start to establish a presence in the tooth, it can gradually start to expand, causing increased sensitivity, discomfort, as well as a possible change in the tooth’s texture and appearance.

If you suspect an area of tooth decay has developed on one of your teeth, you should seek timely treatment from a dentist like Dr. Zachary Allmand. After a thorough examination, he will help you understand your options for repairing the tooth.

If the cavity is small, he might be able to repair the tooth by applying a simple amalgam or composite resin dental filling. The treatment process starts with Dr. Zachary Allmand numbing the tooth and surrounding gums. Then he will then remove any tooth decay with a special dental drill. This leaves behind a clean healthy surface to secure the dental filling.

The tooth’s presence in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material Dr. Zachary Allmand recommends for your dental filling.

Amalgam dental fillings are made from biologically safe dental grade metals. They tend to be dark yet durable. This makes them a good option for repairing a cavity that isn’t prevalent in your smile. Composite resin dental fillings are made from a special dental plastic that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile and is one of the preferrable methods.

If you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area and you suspect a cavity is developing on one of your teeth, you should call 317-810-9285 to have it examined and treated at Monon Family Dental.