Stop Dental Decay With Tooth Fillings in Bend, OR

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems. Even with good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, it’s still possible for decay to eat into your tooth enamel. Fortunately, repairing cavities often involves no more than tooth fillings in Bend. Compared to other dental restorations, dental fillings are:

  • Less Invasive — We’ll remove far less of your tooth structure for a filling than for a dental crown. We may recommend a crown, which covers your entire tooth, for larger cavities.
  • Less Expensive — Dental fillings cost less than crowns. They are also far less expensive than a root canal, which will be needed to save a tooth if bacteria gets inside it through an untreated cavity and the pulp becomes infected.

If you think you might have a cavity, call us today at 541-668-8070.

Metal-Free Fillings Look Natural in Your Smile

We use tooth-colored composite fillings instead of amalgam fillings, which contain metal as well as mercury and other elements. Because we can match them to the color of the rest of your teeth, our metal-free fillings blend easily into your smile.

In addition to a natural appearance, they are:

  • More Biocompatible Than Metal — Composite fillings pose fewer allergy risks than metal fillings. Plus, they don’t contain mercury. The FDA has said the use of mercury is safe in fillings, but some research links mercury to health problems. We think it’s easy to avoid the potential health impact by using composite fillings instead.
  • Easier On Your Teeth Than Metal — We won’t need to remove as much healthy tooth structure to place a composite filling.

The best way to deal with cavities is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. We recommend visiting our office every six months for dental cleanings. Our hygienists will remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth using instruments that make it simple to get into hidden spots that are easy to miss when brushing and flossing at home. We may also recommend additional general dental care like fluoride treatments or dental sealants to help prevent decay.

For tooth fillings in Bend, call 541-668-8070.

Common Questions About Tooth Fillings

How do tooth fillings work?

A cavity weakens your tooth and can expose nerves, making your tooth sensitive. It also enables bacteria to get inside your tooth, where it can cause a painful infection. A filling reinforces your tooth so it won’t chip, crack, or break. Perhaps most important, it prevents bacteria from entering your tooth.

What are tooth fillings made of?

The two most common fillings are amalgam, which is a blend of metals, and composite, a blend of ceramic and plastic. We use composite fillings. They are more biocompatible than metal, so they are less likely to cause allergic reactions. Since we can match their color to the rest of your teeth, they won’t stand out in your smile. Finally, they contain no mercury, so there are no worries about possible health concerns linked to mercury.

How long are tooth fillings supposed to last?

The life span of fillings can vary considerably based on where the filling is located in your mouth, your oral hygiene habits, and other factors. A composite filling will typically last seven to 12 years before it should be replaced. During your dental exams, Dr. Drew checks the condition of your fillings and other dental restorations. This way he can ensure they are still doing their job.