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Cavities form when the natural bacteria in your mouth manage to exploit the otherwise healthy tooth enamel. While this is often the result of an inadequate oral hygiene routine, something like a small chip or a fracture can actually trap residual food particles and plaque, promoting the formation of a new cavity. If it is detected early, our dentist can often repair a small cavity by applying a filling.

Dr. Kimberly Fee will perform a thorough examination of the tooth in question to determine the extent of the decay. Then, your dentist will use a drill to remove any decayed enamel. This will leave behind nothing but clean, healthy tooth enamel to anchor the filling.

The material the dentist recommends for the filling is primarily based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Gold, amalgam, composite resin or porcelain are the industry’s standard materials that are used in fillings. Amalgam and composite fillings can be directly applied to the cavity. Gold and porcelain fillings need to be made in an off-site dental lab, thus requiring a second appointment.

If you are concerned that you might have a cavity Prescott, Arizona, you should not delay in calling our office at 928-778-7410 to have it examined and repaired.