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Tooth decay typically starts out in a compromised area of tooth enamel, when poor oral hygiene allows the natural bacteria in your mouth to establish a presence in the tooth. When this happens, you might experience discomfort, a change in texture on the surface of the tooth, or mild pain when chewing food. Should you experience symptoms like this, you should not delay in contacting Waterview Dental Group’s Portland, Connecticut clinic to have the tooth examined.

If the cavity is small your dentist might be able to repair the tooth with a simple filling. After a thorough examination, the dentist will numb the area before using a drill to remove any areas of decayed enamel. This leaves behind a clean healthy tooth enamel to anchor the filling.

The material your dentist selects for the filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile. Amalgam and composite-resin materials can be directly applied to the cavity in a single appointment.

Amalgam fillings are created from a blend of special metals approved for dental applications. Since they are dark in color, amalgam is not a good choice for repairing an area of tooth decay visible in your smile. For a visible filling, our dentists will often turn to composite fillings. This is a special dental-grade resinous plastic that can be shaded to perfectly match the tooth enamel of your smile.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 860-342-4141 to schedule an appointment with one of Waterview Dental Group’s dentists at our Portland, Connecticut clinic.