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There are times when the pervasive bacteria in your mouth manages to exploit the enamel of a tooth, causing a modest area of tooth decay. If you notice a change in your tooth’s texture, a sharp tooth edge or tooth sensitivity, you need to take it seriously. If an area of tooth decay is detected early, our Gill Family Dentistry team can repair it with a simple filling.

First, your dentist will want to conduct a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the decay.

Next, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area and will remove any decayed tooth enamel. After the tooth decay is removed and the area is prepped, she can then form the filling. The material your dentist suggests for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and appearance in your smile.

Gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain are the industry’s standard materials that are used in fillings. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

Addressing an area of tooth decay early reduces your chances of developing more significant complications. If you are suspicious of tooth decay in Modesto, California, you should not hesitate to call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 566-1986 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amandeep Gill.