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Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine or failing to attend your twice-annual dental checkup at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center invites the bacteria in your mouth to exploit otherwise healthy tooth enamel. If a modest-sized cavity is detected early, your dentist, Dr. Sidney Adler, can often repair it with an amalgam or composite resin dental filling.

Your dentist will first conduct a thorough examination of the tooth in question to determine the extent of the decay. Then, he will use a drill to remove any areas of decayed enamel. This leaves behind nothing but clean, healthy tooth enamel to anchor the filling.

The material your dentist recommends for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a special blend of dental metals. They are rather durable, making them a preferred choice for repairing a cavity on a back tooth or small biting surface. Since they are often dark in color, amalgam fillings make a poor choice for a tooth that is prevalent in your smile.

Composite resin is a special type of dental plastic that can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes composite fillings a good choice for repairing teeth that are visible in your smile.

If you are concerned that you might have a cavity forming on one of your teeth and you’re interested in knowing more about dental fillings in Riverdale, New York, you should not delay in calling 718-548-3353 to have it treated at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center.