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Tooth enamel that has been compromised by poor oral hygiene habits is at increased risk of suffering a cavity. When this happens you might notice a change in the tooth’s texture, an area of discoloration, or increased sensitivity. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek timely dental care at Dr. Nils Sandstrom’s office in Palos Heights, Illinois.

If it is diagnosed early, Dr. Nils Sandstrom can often repair it with a composite or amalgam dental filling. This will prevent the tooth decay from spreading before it can compromise more of the tooth.

The process starts by numbing the tooth and surrounding gums. Once this is done, Dr. Nils Sandstrom will use a special dental drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. This will prepare a clean healthy surface to bond the dental filling. The material Dr. Nils Sandstrom recommends for the dental filling will be based on both the tooth’s primary function, and its appearance in your smile.

Amalgam and composite dental fillings can be applied in a single appointment. Amalgam is metallic blend of materials that are durable. This makes it a good choice for repairing back teeth. Since they tend to be dark in color amalgam dental fillings are rarely used to repair a cavity on a tooth in your smile.

Composite dental fillings are made from dental plastic that can be shaded to match seamlessly with the surrounding enamel. This makes it a good choice for repairing a small cavity that appears in your smile.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, and you live in the Palos Heights, Illinois area, you should call 708-388-2500 to have it treated at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS. Let us help you get your best and healthiest smile today!