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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss each evening. This should also be followed up by a twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning. Any inconsistencies in this oral hygiene regimen will significantly increase your chances of suffering a cavity on one of your teeth.

If the cavity is detected and diagnosed early, Dr. Nils Sandstrom might be able to treat the problem and repair the tooth with a standard filling.

The treatment process starts with a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the decay. Dr. Nils Sandstrom will then inject Novocain into the nearby gums to numb the tooth. Then he will use a drill to remove all traces of the decayed tooth enamel. This will create a perfectly clean surface to cement a filling.

The material Dr. Nils Sandstrom uses for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile. Composite fillings are made from a dental-grade resin. They can be shaded to match the natural tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a tooth that is visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are known for being durable, making them a good choice for repairing a cavity on one of your back teeth. They are made from a blend of dental-grade metals.

Once the filling has been cured by a special ultraviolet light, it will restore the full function of the tooth for many years to come.

If you are concerned that you might have a cavity on one of your teeth and you live in the Palos Heights, Illinois, area, you should call 708-388-2500 to have it treated by Dr. Nils Sandstrom.