Filling material, once you're numb, we take out decay, we take out any old filling material, and we isolate the tooth. The one issue with the white fillings is they have to be dry when they go in. We have cotton and all that stuff to keep it nice and dry. We use a deep cleaner, it's kind of a blue-like substance, and it sits on the tooth for five to ten seconds, gets rinsed off. After that, we put a desensitizer, every single filling that we do. Because the white fillings can be sensitive after we place them, they can be sensitive up to eight weeks, I personally can vouch for that, I've had one that was sensitive for about three months, actually.
We do that on every single tooth. The deeper the cavity, the bigger the filling, the more likely you are to have sensitivity. Either way, we're placing this desensitizer, then we place the bonding on top of that. Check your bite, make sure everything fits and feels good. If it doesn't, if it feels good that day, maybe you're numb, you can't quite tell, it wears off, and you feel out of place or it doesn't quite fit right, come back and I'll adjust it and make it perfect.
What Causes A Cavity?
A cavity is essentially decay of a tooth, and it can happen to any tooth and on any part of a tooth. However, the most common teeth that cavities appear on are your molars. Cavities are most common on molars because they are the teeth that get missed the most often during brushing and flossing at home.
The cause of tooth decay that leads to cavities is from food that is stuck on or between the teeth. Bacteria thrives on the sugar from this food debris and uses it to create acid. The type of foods that help cause this usually contain carbohydrates and include bread, candy, milk, soda, cereal, and pastries like cake. Over time, this food trapped in your teeth causes a layer of bacteria to form, known as plaque. Once the plaque has formed, it sticks to your teeth and begins the process of tooth decay.
If plaque is left long enough on your teeth, your teeth will begin to decay from the acid, and eventually a cavity will form. If you have gotten to this point, you will start to feel sensitivity in the tooth where the cavity is present. Once you start to feel that sensitivity, you should at Oregon Smile Care Center to have the cavity removed and filled.
Getting Your Cavity Filled In Salem, OR
Once you come in to get your cavity filled by Dr. Sean Hanson and his experienced staff, it will be just like any other appointment that you’ve had with us. You will be called back and will sit in one of our comfortable dental chairs to have your procedure done. The process of having a cavity filled is painless because you will be given local anesthesia to ensure that you feel nothing during the procedure.
What is actually done during this procedure? First, Dr. Sean Hanson will locate the cavity and remove the decay from the tooth. After the decay has been removed, there will be a hole in your tooth that needs to be filled. That is where a tooth fillings comes in. The doctor will fill your tooth with a material that will protect your tooth and return it to perfect functionality.
Types Of Fillings At Oregon Smile Care Center
Dr. Sean Hanson and his staff believe that it benefits you to offer an aesthetically pleasing filling that can improve your health without affecting your appearance. That’s why we offer white tooth-colored fillings rather than amalgam fillings, which are those ugly metal fillings that show in your smile. White tooth-colored fillings are just as capable of filling your cavity effectively.
White Tooth Colored Fillings
White fillings are a type of filling made from a glass and plastic combination that will give your filling the same appearance as your natural tooth. You have probably seen someone open their mouth and in the back of their mouth, you spot a dark filling that is easy to see. By having a white filling repair your cavity or replace your old, dark mercury fillings, you can eliminate the idea from your mind of anybody ever knowing that you’ve had a cavity filled. We want to fix your cavity with a tooth-colored fillings at Oregon Smile Care Center!
To have your cavity filled, make an appointment with Dr. Sean Hanson and his wonderful staff! Call Oregon Smile Care Center at (503) 837-2718, or use our online contact form to schedule your Tooth Fillings Salem, OR area appointment. We care about you and your smile!