Using dental fillings to address areas of tooth decay within the smile

Cavities | Portland, ORAt NW Heights Dental, patients of Portland, OR can speak to Dr. Keri Smith about preventable conditions such as tooth decay.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay, sometimes referred to as cavities, is an area of the tooth that is eaten away by acids that remain on the teeth. Tooth decay is often a result of poor oral health habits, but can be prevented with routine dental visits, brushing after meals, and flossing at least once a day. Once the condition develops, it can become a serious problem if it is not addressed as soon as possible. Areas of decay can grow and cause an infection on the inside of the tooth. It can also cause the tooth’s structure to become weak and more susceptible to breakage. To treat tooth decay, dentists use fillings to remove the area of decay and seal off the tooth from infection.

What type of fillings are available?

At the practice of NW Heights Dental, we provide restorations that are strong, durable, and aesthetic. For fillings, we offer a variety of tooth-colored options including fillings made of resin, glass, quartz, and porcelain. Determining the material most appropriate for your specific needs is decided based on the size of the decay and the budget of the individual. Some dental insurance plans provide coverage for specific materials, so this may be taken into consideration as well for patients seeking a less expensive solution. These fillings are all natural-looking and can be used in the smile of patients who are free from periodontal disease and other conditions that may pose a risk to the restoration over time. Once patients have a filling in place, they are encouraged to visit regularly to evaluate the health of the smile and to ensure the filling is still functioning as desired.

Learn about tooth-colored fillings and other dental restorations today

At NW Heights Dental, patients in the community of Portland, OR have access to restorative procedures such as tooth-colored fillings with our team of professionals. New or existing patients are welcome to call our office at (503) 646-1463 and visit the practice at 975 NW Saltzman Road. We encourage individuals to take the time to learn about tooth decay and discuss the ways in which they can prevent these problems from occurring in the future.

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