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Dental Fillings
Albany, OR

Disabled man with cerebral palsy writes in a notebook while sitting outdoors.At Special Care Dentistry of Oregon, we provide dental filling services based on a deep commitment to ensuring people with special needs, their families, and caregivers, that we not just care for them, but also care about them.

All of our staff have unique skillsets that offer sensitive and essential care for people with disabilities. Every component of our facility is designed to accommodate and support the physical needs of people with disabilities. Since we offer dental care across multiple specialities, we have a dental home for people with special needs on an ongoing basis.

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is caused by the acid-producing bacteria found in plaque. These acids eat away at the enamel (the outermost layer of a tooth), leading to the formation of cavities. At Special Care Dentistry of Oregon, our team will always try to treat a cavity before it progresses into a more serious complication. If we diagnose you with a cavity during your routine dental checkup and dental cleaning, we will likely treat the tooth with a dental filling. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth, specifically with the use of composite resin.

What is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling refers to one or multiple plastics, metals, or any other material that helps restore or repair teeth. The most common use of a dental filling is to fill the area the dentist removed when treating a tooth due to decay.

Reasons Why You Need a Dental Filling

Tooth decay is one of the most popular reasons people need a dental filling. Bacteria feed on starches and sugars on the teeth, leading to plaque formation. Plaque acid softens and dissolves the tooth enamel creating a hole in the tooth.

Acid erosion is when the protective tooth enamel coating can easily get worn away by acids from some drinks and foods. Medical conditions such as hiatus hernia and reflux can also lead to acid erosion.

Some patients may have a chipped, broken, or sharp tooth as part of the injury. When the inner part of the tooth is exposed, it can lead to erosion after some time.

Dental Filling Procedure

Our dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the gum around the affected tooth. After that, the dentist will conduct an extensive inspection to help determine the amount of damage or tooth decay. When tooth decay is present, affected tooth areas will be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned and dried. The filling material is then put on the affected area to help restore the original shape of the tooth.

Rendering of teeth with 3 filling materials

Dental Filling Uses

Dental fillings help in restoring the stability and shape of the tooth. It prevents further damage, tooth loss, and decay and helps ease chewing.

Dental fillings are used in case there is tooth decay as it fills holes in the enamel. The hole should not have affected the tooth’s inner pulp, where the nerves and blood vessels are. The dental filling also helps in restoring worn-out or eroded teeth.

If you or your loved one has a particular need that makes dental appointments difficult, count on us to help you. At Special Care Dentistry of Oregon, we evaluate each of our patients before recommending the best sedation method for them. We recommend the most appropriate treatment plan to ensure every patient gets the dental care they deserve. Feel free to reach us at 541-926-3689 to schedule an appointment or learn more about dental fillings.
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