Did you know you are supposed to have your fillings replaced on a regular basis? For many adults in the United States, the first dental treatment they ever received was the insertion of a filling to repair the damage caused by a cavity. But few remain up to date on this treatment.
If you live in Portland, OR and are trying to find a dentist near you that offers comprehensive fillings and associated treatment, come visit us as Serene Dental. We are dedicated to offering fillings near you that meet your needs, as well as providing superb preventive and general dentistry.
A dental filling is a piece of hard material inserted into a damaged tooth. It takes the place of missing soft tissue and enamel eroded away by plaque and dental decay. Its purpose is to repair the structure so you are protected from infection and can perform regular activities – like eating and chewing – without experiencing pain. The filling also defends your tooth from further damage.
Most dental cavities are discovered during a regular exam and cleaning. If our dentist finds one, they can clean out the decay and insert a filling during the same appointment. We recommend you do not eat or chew for a couple of hours after treatment to avoid discomfort.
At Serene Dental, we offer fillings made out of amalgam (silver), gold, composite resin, and porcelain. Each material has a different level of durability, with amalgam and silver being capable of lasting up to 15 or 20 years. If you choose composite resin or porcelain, the filling will match the natural color of your teeth but will need replacement after 5 to 10 years.
If you would like a dental filling in Portland, OR, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We recommend you visit for a basic exam and cleaning so our dentist can make an official diagnosis of tooth decay and also ensure a filling is the right treatment for you.