Enhance your Smile with Composite Fillings in Bend, OR
A Decayed Tooth must be repaired and restored using appropriate dental materials to prevent the infection from worsening. The restorative dental material aids in the functionality of the tooth and improves the esthetics of the smile when the tooth that is restored is at the front. There are various levels of defenses in restorative dentistry used to protect teeth from bacterial infection. Composite fillings are among the first levels of defense in the battle against bacteria. When you visit our dental office for a routine checkup, we perform comprehensive dental examination and look for signs of decay. Composite fillings are recommended when we find that a cavity which needs to be filled. The filling improves the functionality and appearance of the tooth. Make an appointment and meet our dentist to know more about our cavity filling procedure at Bend, Oregon. Our treatment will ensure that your healthy smile is protected.
How is a Tooth Cavity Formed?
Our tooth is made of the enamel, the dentin, the cementum and the pulp. The enamel a hard substance forms the outermost layer of the tooth. Bacteria form a film over teeth surface and around the gums. The layer is called the plaque and is responsible for tooth decay. The bacteria in plaque feed on the remains of food and release an acid which destroys the tooth surface leading to decay. A cavity is formed from tooth decay. In order to prevent the infection from spreading and to protect the tooth, the decayed portion has to be removed and restored using appropriate materials.
Composite Tooth Filling Procedure
Composite as a filling material has many benefits over other types of fillings. It bonds with natural tooth surface and requires less amount of natural tooth to be removed. The filling looks very natural and is quite resistant to wear. With proper care, composite fillings can last for as many as 5 years.
Tooth cavity filling using composite material at our Bend office can be complete in a single visit. Firstly the decayed portion of the tooth is removed using appropriate dental instruments. The tooth is then numbed with the help of local anesthesia. The tooth is isolated from surrounding teeth using a rubber dam. This is done because composite filling material is sensitive to moisture. After drying the prepared tooth the composite material is filled in the cavity. It is dried quickly using a special light. The procedure is complete in a single visit. Our team directs the patient on how to care for the tooth. Routine dental checkups and good oral care can protect the composite filling and the teeth for long.