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At Comfort Dental Care, your dentist, Dr. Jorge Bastidas, commonly uses fillings to repair modest-sized areas of tooth decay. These are artificial materials that are designed to replace the decayed enamel and restore the full function of the compromised tooth. The tooth’s primary function, the location of the cavity and its appearance in your smile will all be factored into choosing the material that your dentist recommends for the filling.

An amalgam filling is made from a blend of special dental metals that have the durability to chew and grind tough foods. However, they are dark in color, which doesn’t make them an ideal choice for repairing a cavity that is apparent in your smile.

Composite resin fillings are a good option for repairing a cavity that’s visible in your smile. They are made from a special type of dental plastic. They can be shaded to match the color and tone of the surrounding tooth enamel, making them indistinguishable in your smile. Once your dentist has shaded and applied the resin filling, he will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden it into the healthy tooth enamel.

If you suspect that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you would like to learn more about dental fillings in Paterson, New Jersey, you should call 973-742-2610 to have it examined and treated at Comfort Dental Care.