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If you are inconsistent with you daily oral hygiene regimen or you have a bad habit of putting off your routine dental checkup, you are at increased risk of suffering a cavity. Once this happens you might feel a change in texture, color or increasing sensitivity in the tooth.

If it’s diagnosed early Dr. Matthew Scaffa might be able to repair a small cavity with a composite or amalgam filling.

Dr. Scaffa will start with a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the tooth decay. Then he will numb the tooth before using a dental drill to remove any compromised tooth enamel. This will provide a healthy surface to bond the dental filling.

The material used for the dental filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

Dr. Scaffa will likely use a composite resin dental filling to repair a cavity that appears in your smile. This is a special type of dental plastic material that can be shaded to perfectly color match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Dr. Scaffa might use an amalgam dental filling to repair a molar or premolars in the back of your mouth. This is a blend of dental metals that dark in color yet durable.

Once the dental filling has been applied and hardened by ultraviolet light it will repair the tooth for many years to come.

If you live in the Staten Island, New York, area and you’re concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call (718) 948 4393 to have it treated at Staten Island Dental Arts Center.