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Small cavities form on your teeth when the pervasive bacteria in your mouth exploit an area of weakened tooth enamel. If the cavity is detected early, your dentist, Dr. Kerry Taylor, can repair it with a basic filling.

First, your dentist will examine the tooth and take a few X-rays. This will help him assess the extent of the decay and ensure that the internal structures of the tooth are still healthy and strong.

Most people choose to have novocain injected into their gums to numb the area before the filling is placed.

Once the area is numb, the dentist will use a drill to remove all of the decayed enamel, leaving behind a clean, healthy surface. The tooth’s appearance in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material your dentist recommends for your filling.

The most common filling materials include gold, amalgam, composite resin or porcelain. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity. However, gold and porcelain fillings, especially those used on the biting surface of back teeth, will need to be made in a dental lab. This will require a second appointment so your dentist can cement them permanently into place.

If you think you’re suffering from tooth decay and you are interested in repairing your tooth with a dental filling in Chandler, Arizona, you need to call Chandler Dental Excellence at 480.389.2452 to schedule an appointment.