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Sometimes even a diligent oral hygiene routine isn’t sufficient to prevent a cavity from developing on one of your teeth. When this happens, you might notice problems with sensitivity in the tooth, discomfort when chewing, or an increasing change in texture.

In a situation like this, timely dental care can help treat the problem and repair the tooth before more serious complications develop. Our dentists, Dr. Todd Resek, Dr. Howard Nader, in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, can diagnose the severity of the tooth decay and present you with the most effective treatment option.

A modest cavity might be repaired with a standard dental filling. To do this Dr. Todd Resek or Dr. Howard Nader will then numb the tooth and surrounding gums. Then he will then remove any decayed tooth enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a clean surface to bond the filling material.  

The tooth’s visibility in your smile and location on the tooth will determine the material our dentist recommends for your dental filling.

Amalgam dental fillings are made from biologically safe metals. They are dark in color which makes them a poor choice to repair a cavity in your smile. Composite resin dental fillings are made from a dental plastic material that can be shaded to match your tooth enamel. This type of filling material is a good choice for repairing a cavity that appears in your smile.

If you live in the Oakmont, Pennsylvania, area and you’re concerned that a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 412-828-3311 to have it examined and repaired at Oakmont Family Dentists. We look forward to helping you!