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Cavities often occur when poor oral hygiene practices allow the natural bacteria in your mouth to exploit the integrity of your tooth enamel. While they can form anywhere in the tooth enamel, cavities have a propensity to form in contoured areas and along the biting surfaces of a tooth. So long as the cavity is small and limited to the enamel layer, Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr. can usually repair it with a simple filling.

Your dentist will start by examining the tooth and taking a few X-rays. This will help him assess the extent of the decay and insure that the internal structures of the tooth are still healthy and strong. Your dentist will then discuss your numbing options. The most common method is to inject Novocain into your gums.

Then, he will 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 the material the dentist recommends using for your filling.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling N.J. Nicastro Dental PC at 631-928-2020 to have it examined, treated and repaired with a dental filling in Port Jefferson Station, New York.