Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are used to restore and repair teeth commonly damaged by cavities. Dental fillings are the most common treatment for teeth damaged by decay and are usually a quick and painless procedure.

A lack of dental cleanings or poor hygiene may cause cavities. If decaying teeth are not treated early, you may need restoration, or it may even cause tooth loss.

What are dental fillings?

A dental filling treats holes or cavities in teeth. After the decayed tissue is removed, the area is cleaned up, and the gap is filled. Different types of materials may be used for this purpose. Fillings can also treat broken, cracked, or worn-out teeth caused by other conditions, such as biting your nails.

What types of fillings are available?

At Pine Desert Dental Clinic, we offer a whole range of fillings that fit your needs and will prevent further dental decay. Dental fillings are used to “fill” the gaps in your teeth due to cavities and other damage.

  • Silver Amalgam
    An amalgam is an alloy made up of multiple metals, including a small portion of mercury. A silver amalgam uses a high percentage of silver in its makeup and may last 10 to 15 years. They usually cost less but may not be your ideal choice if you are looking for an aesthetic result or have an allergy to the metal composition.

  • Gold
    Gold fillings are on the pricey side but can last up to 20 years and do not rust. However, if you’ve had a previous silver amalgam filling in that same tooth or the adjacent tooth, this might not be the best option since the interaction between the metals can cause a galvanic shock, leading to sharp pain. 

  • Porcelain or Composites Resin
    Porcelain and composite fillings could be ideal if you have small cavities and are looking for a natural result. They are usually made to match the natural color of your tooth enamel. 

The best type of filling for you will depend on the progression of tooth decay, your budget, your insurance coverage, and Dr. Sunitsch's recommendation for your specific case.

What is involved in a dental fillings procedure?

When you get a filling, first Dr. Sunistch will anesthetize the area to be treated. Next, a drill is used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth.

Once this is done, the cavities are carefully cleaned. Depending on the extent of the decay, a liner may be placed to protect the nerve and pulp of the tooth. Once the filling has been placed, the dentist will proceed to polish it.

If the tooth is restored with a dental composite that resembles a natural color, a special light will be used to cure the material and harden it. The filling is then adjusted and trimmed until the desired aesthetic result is achieved.

What are the signs that a dental filling is needed?

If you have any of the following symptoms, you might need a dental filling:

  • Teeth are sensitive to air, cold or hot beverages 
  • Soreness in the gums
  • Holes or dark spots in a tooth
  • Pain or discomfort while eating
  • A chipped or broken tooth
  • A broken or loose dental filling

How to care for my dental fillings?

After you have had a dental filling procedure, it is recommended that you eat soft foods and avoid hot or cold drinks for a short time. If you have unusual pain in the treated area after a couple of weeks have passed, please contact your dentist for an evaluation.

Finally, maintaining proper dental hygiene and scheduling regular check-ups will ensure that your fillings last for a long time.

Dental Filling Procedures in Sisters, Oregon

Promptly Addressing any dental damage and decay will save you from long-term complications. Further dental deterioration without proper care may require treatment to remove the damaged nerves or even surgery to remove and replace the tooth.

If you need a dental filling or would like a personal dental evaluation, call us at (541) 549-01-09 or request an appointment online. You can also visit us at our clinic in Sisters, Oregon.

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