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Tooth enamel that has been weakened by acidic beverages and poor oral hygiene habits is at heightened risk of suffering a cavity. When this happens, you might experience discomfort, a change in texture on the surface of the tooth. A cavity that forms on the biting surface of a tooth might also cause mild pain when chewing food.

If you experience symptoms like this you should not delay in seeking treatment at our practice in Diamond Bar, California. If the cavity is small we may be able to repair the tooth with a simple dental filling.

After a thorough examination, one of our dentists, Dr. Howard Glassman or Dr. Peter Nghiem will numb the area before removing any areas of decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a clean healthy tooth enamel to anchor the dental filling.

The material we select for the dental filling will be based on the tooth’s location as well as its prevalence in your smile. Amalgam and composite resin materials can be directly applied to the cavity in a single appointment.

Amalgam dental fillings are created from a blend of special metals approved for dental repair. Since they are dark in color amalgam is not a good choice for repairing a cavity that appears in your smile. In a situation like this, our dentist will often turn to composite fillings. This is a special dental-grade resinous plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the tooth enamel of your smile.

If you are in the Diamond Bar, California, area and you are concerned that a cavity has afflicted one of your teeth, you should call 909-860-0321 to seek treatment at Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Howard Glassman and Dr. Peter Nghiem look forward to working with you!