Dental Fillings

Fillings are small composites that plug the gap caused
by a cavity and stop tooth decay from
​​​​​​​ spreading to your tooth’s root.
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Treating Cavities with Dental Fillings in Corvallis, OR

Do you have cavities or dental decay? Dental fillings can restore your oral health. It is important to treat cavities as soon as possible. Unlike other bones, teeth are not able to repair themselves, and they will not go away on their own.
In fact, the longer you wait to treat cavities, the more likely they will progress into something bigger. When left untreated, cavities can even lead to tooth loss. Kent Burnett, DDS in Corvallis, OR provides convenient and effective dental fillings for your cavities.

What Are Fillings?

Fillings are small composites that plug the gap caused by a cavity and stop tooth decay from spreading to your tooth’s root. There are a range of different materials that are used to create fillings. The most popular types of fillings are amalgam and composite resin.

Amalgam fillings are the most budget-friendly option for filling decayed teeth. They are usually referred to as silvery or mercury fillings, but they can also be made from tin, silver, zinc, mercury or copper. Amalgam fillings are dark in color, which can make them noticeable and unsightly, especially if used in front teeth.

On the other hand, composite resin is a popular cosmetic choice for dental fillings, because they are primarily white or tooth-colored, making them more discreet.

You can also choose porcelain or gold fillings. Unfortunately, these are the most expensive solution for cavities, but they have a number of benefits. When cared for properly, gold fillings can last more than 20 years. Porcelain fillings offer the benefit of being color-matched and stain resistant, and typically last longer than fillings made from composite resin.

What Happens When You Get a Dental Filling?

Getting a dental fillings is a straightforward process. In the first step of the treatment process, you will be given an anesthetic. For the majority of patients, a local anesthetic is sufficient, and you will not feel pain during the procedure. However, if you suffer from extreme dental anxiety, it may be possible to use sedation. Dr. Burnett will be happy to advise, if this is a viable option for you.

Once the anesthetic has taken effect, you may have a bite block or rubber dam inserted into your mouth. These painless tools will help Dr. Burnett reach your cavities and complete your filling as quickly and efficiently as possible.

If you have chosen to have a color-matched filling, Dr. Burnett will hold multiple colors against your teeth to determine the most natural shade possible to be used in your filling.

Before the filling can be put into place, Dr. Burnett will remove the infection that is causing the cavity. There are a number of tools used during this part of the procedure, including a high-speed drill, which quickly clears away the decay. Although it may sound frightening because it emits a high-pitched and loud whistle sound, the anesthetic means that you should feel absolutely no pain. Your dental assistant will also use suction to help clear away debris and water from the drill.

After the majority of the decay is cleared away, Dr. Burnett will likely switch to a slower drill to remove any final areas that need to be addressed and prepare the tooth for the filling.

You may feel some vibration from the use of this drill, but again you should not feel any pain. Once the area is prepped, Dr. Burnett can put your chosen fillings in place and file them down, so they look and feel like a regular tooth.

Recovering From Dental Fillings

After your filling procedure, your mouth will probably remain numb for several hours, and you may find it difficult to talk, eat and drink during this time. If you have been sedated for the procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours. You will also be advised not to drink alcohol, drive or operate machinery during this time.

Complication of Fillings

With proper oral care, dental fillings they can last a long time. Constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching your teeth can cause fillings to wear away, chip, and even crack. In some instances, the seal between the tooth enamel and filling breaks down, allowing tiny particles to get under the filling and cause further decay. It is important that you take care of your restorations by attending all your regularly scheduled dental checkups, so Dr. Burnett can detect any potential problems early, before they develop into more complicated problems.

In rare cases, it is possible to have a reaction to amalgam fillings. In these circumstances, it is thought that the mercury used in them triggers an allergic response. Symptoms of a reaction to amalgam fillings are typical of other allergies and include skin rashes and itching. If this occurs, contact Dr. Burnett’s offices immediately to arrange an appointment.

Repair Your Cavities at Kent Burnett DDS in Corvallis, OR

If you’re experiencing sensitive teeth or tooth decay, you could have cavities. Filling your cavities will stop decay from spreading further into your tooth and restore your tooth’s function. Schedule an appointment with Kent Burnett DDS today at 541-588-1100.

Initial Visit & Forms

As a convenience to our patients, all the necessary forms are available to be downloaded, filled out either as a fillable PDF or printed and completed by hand. Either way you will save time at your initial visit by bringing the completed forms to your initial visit, along with a list of any medications you are currently taking.