Keeping our mouths healthy sometimes means taking a more aggressive approach than regular cleanings and examinations. Our Oregon City dental team is trained to handle all aspects of your dental care, from gentle preventative care to complex treatments like dental implants.
Whether decay, trauma, gum disease, or simply time has taken a toll on your teeth, it’s time to consider ways in which Oregon City Family Dentistry can use restorative dentistry to fix the flaws in your smile. Drs. Annalisa and Kyle Smith have studied a variety of restorative dentistry techniques that will have your teeth looking and feeling as good as, or even better than, they ever have.
Stopping Cavities in Their Tracks
When we see patients for their regular dental exams, we can track the development of their oral health and find cavities before they develop into larger, more complicated issues. We have several options for patients to fill cavities and restore function and strength to their teeth.
The most common restoration option for fillings is composite resin fillings. This filling matches the natural color of your teeth and is actually bonded to the tooth, unlike metal fillings. Because these fillings are bonded to the tooth, we have to remove less of the tooth structure to place composite restorations. The bond also makes it much harder for decay to find its way between the filling and your tooth structure. The biggest disadvantage to composite fillings is that the restorations often do not last as long as metal fillings.
In addition to our composite fillings, we offer metal and gold fillings. These fillings are not regularly used because of the superior aesthetic power of composite fillings, but these restorations are known for their strength and durability. Gold or metal fillings can sometimes last twice as long as composite fillings, and they can withstand enormous amounts of chewing pressure.
The biggest disadvantage to metal or gold fillings is that they require us to remove a significant portion of the tooth structure, and they are not bonded to the tooth. Some patients also are wary of the mercury found in metal fillings. While mercury is toxic, the FDA has found that the levels in metal fillings are not harmful to people.
Restoring Missing Teeth, Damaged Teeth
We use strong and durable porcelain crowns to restore dental implants, restore teeth that have had root canals, restore teeth with large cavities, or to place implant-supported and traditional dental bridges. Using a shade chart, we match the color of each crown to blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Our veneers and crowns are stain-resistant and last for years.
Another type of dental restoration, inlays and onlays, are all-ceramic restorations that are used to restore the biting surface of your molars. These restorations are generally bigger than traditional fillings and can restore entire cusps of the tooth. Much like a crown, an inlay or onlay is placed in two visits and requires impressions. Preparing a tooth for an inlay or onlay is much more conservative than preparing the tooth for a crown, making the treatment much less invasive.
If you’re living with damaged teeth or in need of dental fillings, let us sit down with you and discuss the best option for your smile and oral health. Call us today at 503-656-8250 or fill out our online form to schedule your first visit.
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