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If you take a casual stance with your daily oral hygiene routine, or if you fail to attend your regular dental checkups at Dr. Abbas Nejad’s clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, you are at increased risk of tooth decay. When this happens, the bacteria living in your mouth work to compromise an area of weakened tooth enamel. This could cause a change in texture, increased sensitivity, or other forms of discomfort.

A small area of tooth decay might be repaired by having Dr. Abbas Nejad apply a simple amalgam or composite-resin filling.

The treatment and repair process starts with Dr. Abbas Nejad examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to assess the extent of the decay to determine whether the internal structures of the tooth have been affected.

Dr. Abbas Nejad will then use an injection of Novocain to numb the tooth and local gum tissues. This will ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Then he will remove any decayed enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a clean, healthy surface to secure the filling.

The tooth’s visibility in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will determine the final material Dr. Abbas Nejad recommends for your filling.

Amalgam fillings are made from biologically safe metals. They are dark in color, so they are most often called for to repair a cavity that isn’t prevalent in your smile. A composite filling is 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 Phoenix, Arizona, area and you’re concerned that a filling has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 623-872-8686 to have it examined and treated by at Dr. Abbas Nejad.