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If you aren’t diligent with your daily oral hygiene routine, or you put off your routine dental checkup with Dr. Gregg Balis a cavity could develop on one of your teeth. Early symptoms often include discomfort when chewing, sensitivity limited to the distressed tooth or a noticeable change in texture.

If the cavity is still relatively small Dr. Gregg Balis might be able to treat the tooth with an amalgam or composite dental filling.

This involves Dr. Gregg Balis removing all the compromised tooth enamel. Once the area has been prepared he can start the process of filling the void in the tooth with the appropriate dental filling material.

The dental filling material Dr. Gregg Balis uses for the final repair will depend on both the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

If the cavity was affected a molar or premolar in the back of your mouth it might be repaired with an amalgam dental filling. This is a blend of special dental grade metals that have the durability to handle the daily functions of chewing and grinding.

If the dental filling will be visible in your smile, Dr. Gregg Balis might use a composite resin material. This is a special dental plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel.

Once the filling material has been applied to the clean tooth enamel surface, Dr. Gregg Balis will cure it and secure the bond with a special ultraviolet light.

If you live in the Palm Desert, California, area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 760-610-0497 to have it examined and treated at Gregg Balis DDS