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There are times when even the most diligent and effective daily oral hygiene routine just isn’t enough to prevent a cavity from forming on one of your teeth. As time goes by, tooth decay can pose a significant threat to the health of the tooth as well as the overall function of your mouth.

If you notice heightened sensitivity, a change in your tooth’s texture or anything abnormal with one of your teeth, you should not delay in scheduling an appointment at Alpha Dental Excellence. With early treatment, Dr. Arpan Patel might be able to repair the tooth with an amalgam or composite filling.

After examining the tooth, Dr. Arpan Patel will numb the gums with an injection of Novocain. A drill will then be used to remove any decayed enamel to provide a clean, healthy surface for the filling.

The filling material Dr. Arpan Patel uses for the filling will depend on both the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

A cavity on a back tooth can often be repaired by an amalgam filling. This is a blend of special dental-grade metals. It has the durability to handle the daily work of chewing and grinding. For a filling that will be visible in your smile, Dr. Arpan Patel might use a composite filling. This is a special plastic, resin material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Langhorne, Pennsylvania, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call (215) 970-2515 to have it examined and treated at Alpha Dental Excellence.