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If you aren’t consistent with your daily oral hygiene routine, or if you put off your routine dental checkups or recommended treatment with Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey, a cavity could develop on one of your teeth. Early symptoms often include discomfort when chewing, tooth sensitivity, or a noticeable change in texture.

With early diagnosis, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey may recommend a composite or amalgam dental filling in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Amalgam dental fillings are made from biologically safe metals. They are dark in color, so they are most often called for to repair a cavity that won’t appear in your smile. For instance, 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 blend of special dental grade metals has the durability to handle the daily functions of chewing and grinding.

A composite resin dental filling is made from a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This makes it a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible when you smile. Composite fillings are indistinguishable in your smile. Once our dentist has shaded and applied the composite material, she will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and bond it with the healthy tooth enamel.

If you’ve noticed a cavity on a tooth in your smile, you should call 734.668.6612 to have it treated by our dentist at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS.