Composite Fillings Salem OR
Cavities are a very common dental issue. Even though they are commonly associated with children, they can affect people of all ages, from young children to seniors. Cavities in the front teeth not only affect the health of your teeth, but they can also impact their appearance. Oak Park Dental can help with composite fillings.
What Exactly is a Cavity?A cavity is a pit that forms in your tooth. This pit is a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when acids from plaque, bacteria, and certain foods linger on the surfaces of your teeth. The acids begin to erode your protective tooth enamel, causing this layer of your teeth to weaken. The weak spots eventually develop into cavities. Treating cavities right away is essential. Without treatment, cavities can grow larger and deeper, which can weaken the affected tooth and lead to an infection.
What is a Composite Filling?A composite filling is a treatment for restoring the health of a tooth affected by a cavity. The filling uses composite resin, a tooth-colored material made up of fine glass, plastic, and other substances. It is a metal-free, mercury-free alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. It is not as strong as amalgam, but can typically stand up to pressures at the front of the mouth. This, in addition to being tooth colored, makes composite fillings ideal for treating cavities at the front of your mouth.
Getting Your Composite FillingThe process for a composite filling is fairly simple. It takes only one appointment, and about 30 minutes, to complete. We begin by cleaning the tooth. We then drill the decay away from the cavity. Depending upon the location and the size of the cavity, you may not need a local anesthetic. After cleaning out the decay, an acid etch is applied inside the cavity to create a rough texture. After the acid is washed off the tooth is dried, and the composite material is placed inside the cavity. A light is used to cure, or dry, the material, and we finish by polishing the filling smooth.
Composite for BondingThe same material used for composite fillings can also be used for a minor cosmetic treatment called bonding. This process uses composite resin to restore the appearance of teeth affected by minor flaws. The material can be shaped and molded to meet a variety of needs, including filling chips and cracks, eliminating gaps, and transforming the size and shape of the tooth.
Benefits of Composite FillingsThere are many benefits associated with composite bonding.
If you have a cavity in a front tooth, a composite filling can help to not only restore the health of the affected tooth; it can also help to restore its appearance, and improve the quality of your smile. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Oak Park Dental at (971) 600-0211 today.
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