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The natural bacteria living in your mouth are pervasive and tenacious. They will not miss an opportunity to exploit a compromised area of tooth enamel to cause tooth decay to form. If it’s detected and diagnosed early, Dr. Nicholas Kondon can often treat a small cavity by applying an amalgam or porcelain filling at his Concord, Massachusetts clinic.

This will help to prevent bacteria from gaining access to the sensitive internal structures of the tooth, requiring more invasive treatment.

The first step calls for numbing the tooth and surrounding gums to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. Dr. Nicholas Kondon will then use a drill to remove the decayed enamel. This will provide a clean, healthy enamel surface for the final filling to adhere to.

The specific material Dr. Nicholas Kondon uses for the new filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and its appearance in your smile.

Composite fillings are made from a special dental-grade resinous plastic. They can be shaped to perfectly match the surrounding tooth enamel. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of special dental-grade metals. They are dark in color and known for being durable. This makes them a better choice for repairing a cavity on a molar or premolar.

Once the filling has been applied, Dr. Nicholas Kondon will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and bond the filling to the rest of the healthy tooth. With improved oral hygiene habits and regular attendance of your dental exam, the filling should last for many years to come.

If you live in Concord, Massachusetts and you have a tooth distressed by a cavity, you should call 978.369.9090 to seek timely diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Nicholas Kondon.