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If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits, then you are at increased risk of suffering a cavity on one or more of your teeth. While most areas of tooth decay start out small, they can quickly spread. In time, it could lead to significant discomfort or a potentially severe dental fracture.

If you are experiencing discomfort, sensitivity, or some other form of discomfort, you should have it examined by Dr. Naman B. Patel. With timely diagnosis, he might be able to repair a small cavity by applying an amalgam or composite dental filling.

Dr. Naman B. Patel will first need to examine to tooth and take some X-rays to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are healthy. Then he will carefully prepare a smooth surface for the filling to bond with. The type of filling material he applies will be based the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are typically dark in color, making them a poor choice to repair a cavity that appears in your smile. However, they are known to be very durable, making them a better choice to repair a cavity on a molar or premolar.

If the dental filling will appear in your smile Dr. Naman B. Patel might recommend applying a composite dental filling. This is a special type of dental plastic that can be shaded to perfectly mimic the appearance of the surrounding tooth enamel.

After applying the filling, Dr. Naman B. Patel will use a special ultraviolet light to harden it and secure its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you are in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you have a problem with one of your teeth, you should call 480-719-7941 to have it diagnosed and treated at Island Dental.