Portland Dentist, Dentist in Portland, OR

Cherry Park Dental
2513 SW Cherry Park Rd.
Troutdale, OR 97060
503-492-6440

Foster Dental Care
12801 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97236
503-760-1334

Our Services
 

There are many types of filling materials available. Composite and amalgam are the most widely used today. We will discuss the best option for restoring your teeth during your comprehensive exam appointment.

Composite/White Fillings
Composite resin is used as an alternative to amalgams. This is an excellent cosmetic option for those patients who do not want the look of silver in their mouths.

Procedure
The composite filling is usually completed in one visit. The first step is to remove the decayed or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a liquid or gel and a bonding agent is then applied. This will allow the composite resin to be placed in the prepared tooth. The resin is then trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural-looking restoration.

Durability
Although composite resins are cosmetically pleasing and easily placed, their durability is not as strong as amalgam restorations. These resins typically last from 4-7 years before they begin to chip and wear away. When this happens, the restoration will need to be replaced.

Amalgam/Silver Fillings

Amalgam is a blend of silver, copper, zinc and tin, bound by elemental mercury. When mixed, It becomes an inactive and safe compound for your dentist to use to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, fracture or cracks. An amalgam filling is more commonly used in the back teeth.

Procedure

The amalgam filling is also completed in one visit. Your dentist will remove decay and thoroughly clean the area. The silve filling will then be precisely place, shaped and polished. This will restore your tooth to the original shape and function.

Durability

An amalgam fillng is generally much more durable than a composite filling for the back teeth. However, it is not permanent, it can also chip or wear away.

Safety

There has been some concern as to the safety of amalgam fillings. The American Dental Association (ADA), along with the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) support the use of amalgam as dental filling material. Dentists have been using amalgam to fill teeth for over 100 years. ADA states that amalgam fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between amalgam filling and any medical disorder. The U.S. Public Health Service says that the only reason not to use amalgam filling is when a patient is allergic to any component of this type of filling materials. The ADA has had fews than 100 reported incidents of such allergy to amalgam fillings, and this is out of countless millions of amalgam fillings placed over the decades.

 
 
 
We proudly offer dental bonding at our convenient location in Portland, OR. Dental bonding is a popular cosmetic procedure that can benefit many people who are suffering from a variety of teeth appearance problems and structural flaws including chipped teeth, cracked teeth; discolored, stained, large gaps, receding gum and decaying teeth.