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Cavities or small areas of tooth decay are often the results of inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene habits. Sometimes a cavity can develop in a tiny chip or another physical defect in a tooth that starts to trap bacterial deposits.

If you have noticed a change or problem with one of your teeth, you need to have it examined as soon as possible by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Neal Emad.

After a thorough examination to assess the extent of the problem, he will help you understand your possible treatment options. If the cavity is small and the inner core structures of the tooth are unaffected he might be able to repair the tooth by installing a simple dental filling.

This mode of treatment starts with numbing the tooth and local gum tissues Then he will remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. This will provide a clean surface to adhere the dental filling material

The specific material used for your dental filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and it’s prevalence in your smile. The dark color or metallic amalgam often makes it a poor choice for restoring a tooth in the front of your mouth.  

If the tooth will be overtly noticeable in your smile, Dr. Neal Emad will likely use a composite resin material. This is a special dental plastic that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel in your smile.

Once the dental filling material has been prepared and installed it will be hardened by ultraviolet light. This will also secure its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in Vienna, Virginia, and you have a tooth with a cavity, you should call 703-938-7615 to have it examined and treated at Nova Dental Care.