Understanding Filling Materials and Their Application

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Tooth decay is an unfortunate consequence of poor oral hygiene. When the natural bacteria living in your mouth are allowed to reproduce unchecked, they can eventually work to exploit a weakened area of tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur if you skip a dental checkup.

If a cavity is detected early and it’s small enough, Dr. Kimberly Fee might be able to repair it with a simple dental filling. The type of material that she recommends for repairing the tooth will be based on its location in your mouth and its visibility in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are durable and can be used to repair cavities on back teeth. Amalgam is dark in color so it is rarely used to fill a cavity in a spot that is visible in your smile.

Composite fillings are made from a resin material that can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding enamel. These fillings can be applied in a single appointment.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you are interested in knowing more about dental fillings in Prescott, Arizona, you should call 928-778-7410 and talk to a member of our dental team.