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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and floss in the evening. This is an important first line of defense against many common oral health conditions, such as gum disease and tooth decay. Unfortunately, if you are inconsistent with performing this daily regimen, or if you fail to be thorough, a cavity could develop on one of your teeth.

With early diagnosis, Dr. Ngocmai D. Nguyen might be able to repair a small area of tooth decay with a basic filling. This can be done in a single outpatient appointment at her dental office in Spring, Texas.

Dr. Ngocmai D. Nguyen will start with a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t penetrated the critical internal structures of the tooth. If there are further problems, she will present you with the applicable treatment options.

Otherwise, Dr. Ngocmai D. Nguyen will use a drill to remove all traces of tooth decay. Then she can start the process of applying a filling. The material she recommends for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile.

An amalgam filling is made from a blend of dental-grade metals. This type of filling is known to be durable, yet dark in color. This makes amalgam fillings a better choice for repairing a back tooth. Composite resin fillings are made from a special type of plastic material that can be color-shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a cavity on a tooth that will be prevalent in your smile.

If you live in the Spring, Texas, area and you are concerned that a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 281-376-1101 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Ngocmai D. Nguyen.