It’s estimated that over 90% of Americans have some form of tooth decay. At PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, the team headed up by Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, combat decay and cavities by offering fillings. This simple treatment helps restore the appearance and function of teeth negatively affected by decay, as fillings are tooth-colored and blend in with the rest of your teeth. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
When decay affects one of your teeth, typically due to poor oral hygiene, small holes can form. These are called cavities. If left untreated, cavities can damage internal tooth structure and have serious consequences, including tooth loss.
Fillings are molded-on dental restorations that fill in cavities, reverse the harmful effects of decay, and restore your teeth. Fillings can be made of several different materials, including:
When it comes to deciding which filling material is right for you, Dr. Khlevnoy and Dr. Dontsova can help you decide on what’s most appropriate for you. Each offers different benefits, including pricing, durability, and cosmetic perks.
Filling a tooth is usually a relatively short process and can be accomplished in a single visit. First, Dr. Dontsova or Dr. Khlevnoy administer a local anesthetic to the filling site. They then check to make sure that all the decay has been removed before further preparing the treatment area. It’s very important to clean out the cavity of any debris or bacteria.
Dr. Dontsova or Dr. Khlevnoy will then mold the filling material — a putty-like substance — into place on your tooth. They then use a special curing light to harden the individual layers as they’re applied. Once the filling has been placed and shaped, they trim any leftover material and polish the surface.
The longevity of a filling can vary, depending on the type of material used. However, you can expect your filling to last up to about 15 years. You can help ensure your filling lasts for many years by practicing good oral hygiene and treating it like a natural tooth. Continue to brush and floss regularly. Don’t forget to maintain your regular dental cleanings and exams to monitor your oral health.
It’s also probably a good idea to try and limit eating foods that can crack or damage a filling, such as hard candies and popcorn kernels. Chewing ice is also a bad idea.
If you’d like to set up a consultation to learn more about your filling options, call the office or book an appointment online today.