Tooth Filling Lake Oswego OR
There are different ways of restoring a cracked, decayed, or broken tooth.
Our dentist, Carly C. Petersen, DMD, may recommend dental fillings if the damage is not too extensive.
A filling helps repair the tooth and prevent pain, sensitivity, or infection from happening. Sometimes, when a filling is not an option, we may recommend inlays and onlays, or another restoration.
Depending on the nature of the damage and the location, we may use different kinds of materials. Filling materials include amalgam, porcelain, gold alloys, glass ionomer, and tooth-colored composite resin.
If you need a tooth filling for back teeth, you want a material that is able to withstand the force of chewing. Our team at The Dentist on Boones Ferry will advise you on the most appropriate material to use.
Types of Tooth Fillings
Dr. Petersen will apply traditional fillings by placing them in the tooth without taking the material to a lab for fabrication.
There are also indirect fillings that are made in a lab before placing them on or in your tooth. These fillings require several appointments, usually two visits to our Lake Oswego office. Dr. Petersen gets a model or impression of the tooth to get its shape. Also, the impression records the shape of the nearby teeth. Indirect fillings may be available as onlays and inlays.
Temporary fillings are another type and they are intended to provide short-time protection to the teeth. These fillings are placed while the final ones are being made. You will come back to our office to have the final filling.
Procedure for Tooth Fillings
Dr. Petersen will begin by numbing the site with local anesthesia. If there is decay, we will remove it and clean the hole or cavity. Cleaning the tooth removes bacterial plaque and debris that would be present.
A liner made of a special material like composite resin may be placed inside the tooth if the decay affected the areas near the root. The liner offers protection to the nerves of the tooth.
Once the hole is filled, our dentist finishes the tooth and polishes it.
There may be extra steps for this procedure if you are getting tooth-colored resin fillings. When our dentist removes decay and cleans the hole, they place the tooth-colored filling in layers. Using a special light, they cure the material to harden it. The curing is done after each layer until the desired layers are applied. Once done with that, the dentist shapes the material in order to get the desired outcome. Trimming off the material and polishing it helps give the desired shape and look to the tooth.
Schedule a Tooth Filling With Your Lake Oswego Dentist Today!
If your tooth is decayed, fractured, or infected, visit us at The Dentist on Boones Ferry to see if a filling can help. Sometimes we may suggest a different treatment if a filling cannot help. Contact us at (971) 377-1208 to book your appointment.