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A dental filling is often called for to repair a small cavity or minor physical defect that alters a tooth’s enamel layer. This treatment process calls for numbing the tooth and preparing the adjacent surfaces by removing a minuscule amount of additional tooth enamel.

The specific material Dr. Teresa Eplett recommends for the dental filling will be based on how visible the repaired area will be in your smile.

Amalgam dental fillings are known for being durable and they are often used to repair a compromised area of tooth enamel on a molar or premolar. Since they are darker in color amalgam is often a poor choice to repair a tooth enamel surface that will appear in your smile.

Composite resin dental fillings are formed from a special type of dental resin that can be shaded to closely resemble the surrounding natural tooth enamel. This makes it a preferred choice for repairing a surface that will be visible in your smile.

These two dental filling materials can be applied to a single appointment. They will be hardened by a special ultraviolet light, which secures their bond to the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you live in the Medford, Oregon, area and you have a compromised tooth, you should call 541-772-8280 to schedule treatment with Dr. Teresa Eplett and the specialists at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc..