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While it’s unfortunate, there are times when even a consistent daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice each day and flossing in the evening isn’t enough to prevent tooth decay from affecting one of your teeth. Fortunately, your routine dental checkup performed at Dr. Steven J. Brazis’s Sacramento, California clinic includes a thorough examination of your teeth. This will detect any small cavities, before they have the chance to grow.

If Dr. Steven J. Brazis detects an area of tooth decay, he will present you with treatment options to effectively repair the tooth. Many small cavities can be repaired with a simple amalgam or composite-resin filing.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Steven J. Brazis numbing the tooth with an injection of Novocain to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissues. Then he will then remove any decayed enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a clean healthy surface to secure the filling.

The tooth’s presence in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence what material Dr. Steven J. Brazis recommends for your filling.

Amalgam fillings are made from biologically safe dental-grade metals. Since they’re dark yet durable they are most often called for to repair a cavity that isn’t prevalent in your smile. Composite-resin fillings are made from a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This style of filling is a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.

If you live in the Sacramento, California area and you’re concerned that one of your teeth has developed a cavity, you should call 916-731-5151 to have it examined and treated by Dr. Steven J. Brazis