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Dental Fillings
Portland, OR

3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling material: composite, amalgam, and gold.Dental fillings are mainly used to "fill" cavities in the teeth. Dental decay causes cavities, which are tiny holes in the teeth. The rotten portions of the tooth are extracted, and the opening is sealed with a filling material. Harmful microorganisms in the mouth cause tooth decay. Dental cavities occur when bacteria generate acids or toxins that damage the tooth enamel. Severe dental decay leads to substantial damage to the tooth, which can lead to serious infections and, in the worst-case scenario, tooth loss. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can help prevent cavities. Visit Lombard Smiles to enquire more details about dental fillings.

Types of Filling Material

Dental fillings are available in a variety of materials, giving you a wide range of choices. Some examples are gold, porcelain, tooth-colored, silver amalgam, and composite resin fillings. Depending on the affected area, the degree of decay, the cost of filling materials, and your insurance coverage, our dentist will prescribe the best filling type for you.

Gold fillings are long-lasting. These fillings are resistant to chewing forces and can last up to 15 years without rusting. However, they are more expensive than silver fillings and can cause galvanic shock. Furthermore, you will require more dental appointments than with any other filling.

The tooth-colored fillings offer extra support and match your natural tooth structure. They are available in a range of colors, allowing you to match the color of your natural teeth. These tooth-colored composite fillings are used to repair chipped, broken, or damaged teeth. Their downside is that they are not long-lasting and are exceedingly expensive. Additionally, these fillings chip easily and require more time to fill.

On the other hand, silver amalgam fillings can last up to ten years. The fillings are less expensive than gold and can withstand a lot of chewing. They don't match the color of your natural teeth, giving them an unattractive appearance. A grey color might also appear around the tooth structure.

Dental Filling Procedure

Before commencing the filling procedure, our dentist will numb the afflicted region around your teeth with an anesthetic. Our dentist will then use a drill, laser, or air abrasion equipment to remove the decaying portion of your tooth. The kind of equipment to be used is determined by our dentist's experience, the extent and location of the decay, and the tool's simplicity of use. Our dentist will remove any decayed portions that are still present. The cavity will be cleaned of dirt and germs. If the decay gets into the root, our dentist will put a liner to safeguard the nerves. Finally, our dentist will fill the cavity with a filling cavity and buff it up.

For those who want tooth-colored fillings, you must undergo several further steps once the decay is removed and the cavity is cleaned. Our dentist uses a special light to cure each layer of tooth-colored materials. Our dentist removes extra material and polishes the filling after the multi-layering process to get the desired outcome.

Contact Us Today!

If you need a dental filling, visit Lombard Smiles. Call us today at (503) 206-0550 for more inquiries.
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Dental Filling in Portland, OR
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