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Tooth decay is always a serious cause for concern. Without timely, professional care, a cavity will inevitably continue to spread, allowing bacteria to permeate more and more of the tooth. Early symptoms of a decayed tooth could include a change in the tooth’s texture, alterations in color as well as heightened sensitivity. With early detection, Dr. Adam Rauzman might be able to repair a modest cavity with an amalgam or composite filling.

After performing a thorough examination to determine the extent of the decay, your dentist will numb the area before using a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This leaves behind clean, healthy tooth enamel to anchor the filling.

The material Dr. Adam Rauzman uses for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Amalgam and composite fillings can be directly applied to the cavity in a single appointment.

Amalgam is made from a blend of special metals that are approved for dental use. They are dark in color, so they’re not a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile. For these types of cavities, your dentist will often turn to composite fillings. This is a special, dental-grade, resinous plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the tooth enamel of your smile.

If you suspect you have a cavity in Hawthorne, New Jersey, you should call 973-427-4201 to schedule an appointment at Adam Rauzman, DDS.