A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other problems. In just one appointment, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options that are aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth or the more visible areas of your smile.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they often last for many years, and provide you with a fully restored smile. Fillings are not designed to support large amounts of tooth structure loss due to disease but are oftentimes used as a provisional-type restoration material until the mouth can be better restored with stronger, more supportive-type material.
The procedure is usually completed in one appointment. In preparing your tooth for the filling, the dentist will remove all decay and then thoroughly clean your tooth. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication may be applied for your protection. After preparation, the composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished.
At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given care instructions and advice from the team at Evans Street Dental. It is normal to feel sensitivity near your filling when the treatment is first performed, but Dr. Shane Ellsworth’s instructions will let you know how to manage any short-term sensitivity and how to maintain restored oral health. We invite you to call our office if you have questions about a dental filling in McMinnville, Oregon.