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Small cavities are often the result of poor oral hygiene practice or a previous chip that trapped bacterial residue. When they start, the damage to the tooth enamel might be minimal and Dr. Abbas Nejad can usually repair the teeth by applying a filling at his dental office in Laveen, Arizona.

Early symptoms that a cavity might have formed on one of your teeth could include heightened sensitivity, a change in texture or anything abnormal with one of your teeth. An occlusal cavity on the biting surface might also cause discomfort when biting down hard on the tooth.

After a proper examination to determine the extent of the tooth decay, Dr. Abbas Nejad will numb the local gums with an injection of Novocain. A special dental drill will then be used to remove any decayed enamel to provide a clean healthy surface to cement a filling in place.

The filling material the Dr. Abbas Nejad uses for the final repair will depend on both the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

If the cavity was located on a back tooth, it might be repaired by an amalgam filling. This is a blend of special dental-grade metals that have the durability to handle the daily functions of chewing and grinding. For a filling that will be visible in your smile, Dr. Abbas Nejad might use a composite filling. This is a special dental-grade resin material that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once the filling material has been applied to the clean tooth enamel surface, Dr. Abbas Nejad will cure it and secure the bond with an ultraviolet light.

If you live in the Laveen, Arizona, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 602-237-7878 to have it examined and treated at Dr. Abbas Nejad ’s clinic.