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Cavities are essentially an area tooth decay that has compromised a small part of your tooth enamel. Most cavities are found during the course of your regular dental checkup at Hector G. Menendez, DMD. However, if you notice a problem area on one of your teeth, you should call us at your earliest convenience to have it examined. Left untreated even a small cavity can develop into a big problem.

The first step in repairing a cavity call for a Hector G. Menendez, DMD dentist to examine the tooth. This often includes taking a few X-rays. This will help to assess the extent of the decay and ensure that the internal structures of the tooth are still healthy and strong.

Your dentist will then your numbing options. Most people choose to have Novocaine injected into their gums to numb the area.

Then they will then remove all of the decayed enamel leaving behind a clean healthy surface to securely cement the filling in place. The tooth’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence what material the dentist recommends for your filling.

The most common filling materials include gold, amalgam, composite plastic or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity, while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

If you’ve noticed cavity or other problem areas on one of your teeth, you should call Hector G. Menendez, DMD’s clinic in New Brunswick, New Jersey at 732-937-9595 to have it examined and treated.