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A cavity can form on a tooth when the natural bacteria in your mouth exploit chipped or compromised tooth enamel. With early diagnosis, the tooth decay can be treated before it has the chance to spread deeper into the tooth.

So long as the cavity is small and on a non-essential surface, Dr. Frantz Backer can usually repair the tooth with an amalgam or composite resin filling.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Frantz Backer numbing the tooth and surrounding gums with an injection of Novocain. Then he will use a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.

The material Dr. Frantz Backer presents for the filling will be based on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile. Composite resin fillings are made from a special dental-grade resin that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of dental metals. They are dark in color, making them better for repairing a cavity that isn’t visible in your smile.

After the filling has been applied, Dr. Frantz Backer will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the filling in place. With improved oral hygiene habits, you can expect the filling to repair the tooth for many years.

If you live in the Jackson Heights, New York, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 718-313-9987 to have it treated and repaired at Advanced Dentistry of New York.