When it comes to restoring teeth, fillings are the best known and most widely used treatment.
A filling uses specialized material to fill in a space or cavity in a tooth. Sleep Dentistry of Portland prioritizes your comfort during this treatment.
Why Fillings Are Needed
Your dentist will use his examination, X-rays, and other methods to determine if a filling is recommended for one or multiple of your teeth.
Fillings are used to treat many dental problems, including:
- Damage caused by tooth decay
- Cracks, fractures, or chips in teeth
- Uneven wear
How Fillings Work
Before a filling, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic and provide you with optional sedation to make you more comfortable. He then takes steps to remove decay and cleanse the area to prevent further damage or infection.
Layers of protective material are applied to restore the structure of the tooth. The dentist molds the filling into the proper shape and removes any excess.
Many filling materials are available, including tooth-colored composite fillings that many people prefer.
Is an Inlay or Onlay Right For You?
Fillings are an effective, affordable treatment, but you may also consider inlays and onlays as an advanced alternative.
Like a filling, inlays and onlays reinforce the tooth’s existing structure and restore its function.
These premium treatments distinguish themselves by lasting up to 3 or 4 times longer than traditional fillings. Using porcelain further improves the aesthetics of restoration and can give you the smile you’ve dreamed of.
Find out more about inlays and onlays
Experience the Difference
In many people’s minds, fillings and the dentist go hand-in-hand and are preferably avoided.
Sleep Dentistry of Portland makes fillings as easy and comfortable as possible, because they are a vital treatment option to fight dental disease and keep your mouth healthy.
We use dental drills with electric motors that eliminate the high-pitched whine people associate with dental treatment.
Aside from music and TV to enjoy during treatment, we offer multiple types of sedation that can make you more comfortable. These range from Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) to IV sedation that makes you completely relaxed and unaware of treatment.