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Dental Filling Milwaukie OR

You may need a dental filling if you have a minor tooth fracture or are experiencing tooth decay. Tooth decay is the result of the process of sugar breakdown in the mouth by plaque, which produces acid. Resultantly, the enamel loses minerals, which, if left untreated, can create cavities and cause tooth decay. A dental filling can help restore the decaying tooth to its normal shape and function. Mike Regan, DMD can help restore your teeth to optimal health by removing the decaying part and filling them in to prevent bacteria from getting into the tooth again.

Dental Filling Process

A dental filling may become necessary for you in multiple situations. Before we move on to the actual procedure, we will first identify the problem. The dentist will physically examine the teeth using a dental probe. They may use a detecting liquid or request for an x-ray if they feel the damage may be too deep. The next step is to remove the decay and decide on the type of filling you want.

Types of Fillings

•  Ceramic Fillings- If you are looking for something natural that will blend in with the tooth, then a ceramic filling is the one you should go for. They can be quite expensive and are brittle, but they are stain-resistant and are ideal for people looking for alternatives to metal dental fillings.

•  Glass Ionomer – This is another alternative to metal fillings. It is made from a blend of fluoroaluminosilicate and acrylic. Glass ionomer is ideal for those with a substantial amount of decay that extends deep into the gum.

•  Composite fillings – Composite fillings are ideal for front tooth fillings. They are made from a blend of glass and plastic particles that form a composite resin. They are quite strong, have better bonding properties, and are known to reduce the need for drilling.

•  Amalgam – Amalgam fillings are the most common type of filling. They are made from a mixture of silver and mercury and are ideal for filling in cavities in the back teeth. They are strong and durable, with an average lifespan of around 10 years.

•  Gold Filling – As the name suggests, they are made from gold, because of which they have the longest lifespan out of all others. They come with a pretty hefty price tag, but in most cases, it is a one-time investment which is why many prefer it.

It is important to note that your dentist may decide to administer an anesthetic as the process of getting a dental filling can be quite painful. They may even use a special light to harden some fillings, and often, they also need to layer them to ensure every area is covered and sealed shut to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth again. The last step is to polish the surface and complete the dental filling process.

At Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we specialize in a variety of procedures including dental filling, dental cleaning, implants, tooth extraction, and more. Our experts provide high-quality dental care to our clients. We can identify the proper treatment plan for you to help you maintain optimal oral health.
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