Types of Fillings
We guarantee our patient's top-notch dental care customized to satisfy their preference in terms of aesthetics and diversity. A common filling used to treat a cavity is an amalgam filling, which is made of different mixed metals. The metal ingredients include mercury, copper, and tin, making them perfect for the back molars because of their enhanced durability.
For patients who prefer something less conspicuous, we recommend composite fillings. These filings are tooth-colored and are made of glass and resin, giving them a more natural appearance. Another tooth-colored tooth filling is glass ionomer, which comprises pieces of glass that bond with the teeth. These glass pieces are designed to release fluoride, which plays a vital role in preventing decay from causing further damage.
If you are looking for something dazzling and unique, we recommend gold fillings. The material used to produce these fillings is an alloy of gold, copper, and other materials that make it effective. There's no doubt that gold fillings are the most expensive, but the enhanced durability, aesthetics, and uniqueness offset the price.
What to Expect During the Procedure
A filling procedure is usually an in-office procedure recommended for patients of all ages. Patients anxious about the procedure may require general anesthesia or sedation to help them feel at ease. We can also help you with pertinent information depending on the state of your teeth before the procedure starts.
Depending on the specific filling location, our dentist will determine the most suitable technique and filling material to use. Regardless of the filling you receive, our dental experts usually start by applying a numbing gel to the gums. Once the gel takes effect, a local anesthetic is injected into the gums.
The dentist proceeds to drill or use a specialized tool to remove decayed areas of the tooth before filling the hole that is remaining. After all that is done, we will polish the filling and make necessary adjustments to ease normal oral function like biting. Patients who have composite fillings used require it to be hardened using a special dental light. When needed, we will also install a dental crown over teeth that have suffered damage or decay.
Aftercare and Recovery
Patients can expect minor discomfort or soreness, but we will prescribe the appropriate medication for that. It's advisable to refrain from drinking and eating until the numbing medication subsides to prevent injuring your tongue or the interior of your mouth. It's essential to regularly schedule follow-up appointments with our dental experts at Hunter Dental Care for quality filling services. Contact us at (503) 622-9730 for more information about dental fillings and other dental procedures.