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When the natural bacteria in your mouth manage to exploit a compromised area, the resulting cavity can vary in size. When they’re small the area of tooth decay might cause minimal discomfort. If it’s not diagnosed the treated early the problem could spread to cause increasing problems with your oral health.

A small cavity can often be repaired with a simple dental filling. The process starts with a thorough examination of the tooth to determine the extent of the decay. Then Dr. Paul Best will numb the tooth and remove any traces of decayed tooth enamel.

This will leave strong, healthy tooth enamel to hold the dental filling in place. The material Dr. Paul Best chooses for filling is largely influenced by the tooth’s location and prevalence in your smile.

Gold, amalgam, composite, and porcelain are industry standard materials used for dental fillings. Amalgam and composite materials can be directly applied to the cavity while gold and porcelain fillings require two appointments.

If you are in the Portland, Maine area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 207-775-6348 to seek treatment at Prosthodontics Associates, P.A..