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Tooth enamel plays a dual role in helping to protect the sensitive core structures of the tooth, while also giving your teeth the ability to bite, chew, and grind common foods. This is thanks in large part to the mineral density of microscopic crystals created by your body.

If you struggle to maintain consistent and effective oral hygiene practices, the chronic presence of plaque acids in your mouth could start to weaken your tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue if you routinely consume acidic beverages.

In time a cavity could develop on one of your teeth causing increased sensitivity, and discomfort when chewing. In some of these cases, you might also notice a change in the surface texture of the tooth.

If you have noticed a problem like this, it is still important to have the tooth examined and treated as soon as possible at Lawrence H. Zabner DMD. If the area of tooth decay is small Dr. Lawrence H. Zabner and his staff might be able to repair a small area of tooth decay with a simple dental filling.

This involves carefully removing any demineralized tooth enamel while also creating a healthy surface to bond the dental filling material.

If the dental filling will appear in your smile, he will likely use a composite dental filling. This is a special type of dental resin that can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

However, an amalgam dental filling might be called for to repair a cavity on a molar or premolar that won’t readily appear in your smile. This is a blend of dental metals that is dark in color, yet known for being very durable.

If you live in the Toluca Lake, California, area, and you suspect a cavity has developed on one of your teeth, you should call 818-766-5246 to seek professional treatment at Lawrence H. Zabner DMD.