Unfortunately, most adults will experience some form of tooth decay during their lifetime. Tooth decay is the result of harmful bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria feed on sugars and other simple carbohydrates in your food, and as they feed, they produce acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. Even with proper oral hygiene, the bacteria in your mouth can lead to tooth decay and eventually cavities.
At Tigard Family Dental, we want to prevent tooth decay and help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. When this is not possible, we want to stop the damage before it leads to something worse. To avoid dental crowns, root canals, and tooth extractions, we use dental fillings. Dental fillings are an excellent way to restore a damaged tooth to its normal shape and function.
Types of Fillings
Filling a Tooth
A dental filling involves a minor procedure. First, Dr. Robert McCullough will numb the area using a local anesthetic. Then, we will remove the decayed tooth material and probe the area to ensure that all the decay has been removed. Once all the decayed material has been eliminated, Dr. Robert McCullough will clean the cavity and prepare the space for a filling. We do not want any bacteria or debris to be trapped underneath the filling. If the cavity is near the root, we may place a liner to protect the nerve. Finally, Dr. Robert McCullough will place the filling and polish the area.
If the filling is composite resin, the material is applied in layers and cured intermittently. Each layer must be hardened before we can proceed. Once the cavity is filled, Dr. Robert McCullough will trim off any excess material, and polish the final shape.
When Do You Need a Filling?
Only Dr. Robert McCullough can determine if your cavity needs to be filled or not. This takes place during a regular checkup. Dr. Robert McCullough will use a small mirror or intraoral camera to examine the surfaces of your teeth. If anything looks irregular, we will examine it closely using special instruments. We may also suggest x-rays to attain a more comprehensive image of the tooth. The type of restoration you receive depends on the extent of the decay.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are in need of professional dental care, call (503) 968-2901, and schedule your appointment today!
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