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Small areas of tooth decay are commonly filled in a simple procedure that involves removing the decayed enamel and replacing it with another artificial substance. The size of the filling, the role of the tooth and its relationship to your smile will influence the material Dr. Carol Halloran recommends for the filling.

The biting surface of molars and premolars are called into play for chewing and grinding hard foods. Gold fillings are very durable. They will need to be custom shaped in a lab, then cemented into your cavity at a brief follow up appointment.

Amalgam fillings are also very durable and less expensive than gold. Amalgam is dark in color, so it is rarely called for to fill a cavity in a spot that is visible in your smile.

Composite fillings are made from a resin material that can be color matched and placed in a single procedure.

If you have a cavity or other trouble spot on one of your teeth you should see Dr. Carol Halloran as soon as possible. If you ignore the problem the decay can develop into something even more serious.

If you know of a trouble spot on one of your teeth, please call Dr. Carol Halloran at 319.291.3908 to schedule an appointment.