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Dental Filling

Dental staff and patient in dental exam room in Pasco, WA When decay damages a tooth, we use a dental filling to restore it back to its normal shape and function. A filling is usually the first type of restorative treatment we use to combat decay. Fillings also help to prevent further decay, because they close off the spaces where bacteria can enter. At Bagley Dental, we believe that patient education is a crucial part of maintaining excellent oral health. The following information will help you better understand dental fillings!

When You Need a Filling

During a routine appointment, J. Andrew Bagley DDS or W. Ryan Bagley DDS will decide whether or not you need to receive a filling. We will use a small mirror to examine the hard to reach places that often experience decay. If anything looks abnormal, we will take a closer look using special instruments. We may also perform x-rays to diagnose the condition of your teeth more extensively. If the decay is significant, a tooth filling may not be effective. Instead, we may recommend a dental crown or another form of restorative treatment.

Filling Materials

Today, there are several types of material we may use for your tooth filling. There is no one type of filling that is best for everyone. The filling you receive depends on the amount of decay, the location of the cavity, whether you have any allergies to certain materials, and the cost. The four major materials include:
•  Composite resin - This material can be matched to the existing color of your tooth, making it one of the most aesthetically-pleasing options. Resin composite consists of glass and plastic particles that are mixed and placed directly into the cavity in a series of layers. Each layer is hardened using a special curing light to expedite the process and provide a powerful bond. Resin composite may not be ideal for larger areas of decay, as it may chip or wear over time.
•  Amalgam (silver) - This material has been used to fill teeth for over 150 years! It is time-tested and proven to be resistant to wear. It is also relatively inexpensive. However, many patients find the dark color unappealing. It may not be a suitable material for teeth located in your visible smile.
•  Gold - This material is also extremely durable and tolerated well by the gum tissues. In fact, many gold fillings last upwards of 20 years! Unfortunately, gold is often the most expensive choice, as it is made to order in a laboratory and requires several visits.
•  Porcelain - This type of material is also produced in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. Porcelain fillings are also known as inlays and onlays. They are an excellent alternative to dental crowns.

Filling Procedure

While different fillings require different procedures, most will go something like this:
•  Step 1 - We begin the procedure by applying a local anesthetic to numb the area and eliminate any potential discomfort.
•  Step 2 - We remove the decayed tooth material using a tiny drill. After the material is removed, we will shape the space to receive the filling.
•  Step 3 - If the filling is being bonded to the tooth, we will use an acidic solution to create a rough surface. This will help the filling properly adhere to the tooth.
•  Step 4 - The filling will be applied to the tooth.
•  Step 5 - We will polish the tooth.

Schedule Your Appointment

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Contact Us

Bagley Dental
4904 Convention Drive
Pasco, WA 99301-9023
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