Dr. Whipple uses fillings to repair the portions of your tooth that have been affected by decay. He may use either amalgam, known by its silver color, or composite, a tooth-colored blend, to fill in the missing portion after all decay has been removed. Dr. Whipple will discuss with you which filling he feels is more appropriate for your situation.

Composite Fillings

Dr. Whipple will generally recommend a composite filling. It is a tooth-colored material that is designed to blend in with the rest of your natural tooth. This blend is comprised of a mixture of porcelain or quartz filler mixed with resin. Traditionally, this was thought to not be as strong of an option, but that is no longer true. Composite fillings are a strong and durable product that should last you several years. They are also resistant to cracks or fracture in small-to-mid size restorations, even in your back molars that withstand moderate chewing pressure. Additionally, composites are bonded to the tooth, allowing a Dr. Whipple to remove less of the tooth structure then he would with amalgam fillings.

What is the procedure for placing a Composite Filling?

First, Dr. Whipple will answer any questions you have and will apply anesthetic to the tooth requiring the filling. Then, he will clean the tooth by removing the decay that is present. He will then prepare the tooth for a successful bond with either the composite material or amalgam. Placing a composite filling requires that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the process. This type of filling is subject to stain and discoloration with time. The life expectancy of a white filling can vary greatly factors such as:

  • where it is in your mouth.
  • how heavy your bite is.
  • the textures of the foods you eat.

Kept in normal, reasonable care, a composite filling should last for several years.

Composite Fillings for Aesthetics

We frequently use composite filling to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. Known as aesthetic bonding, this material for front teeth is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. Bonding is great in a quick, temporary fix, but it typically does not last as long as veneers or crowns.

If your tooth is experiencing pain or sensitivity for more than a week after repair, it is important to call our office so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.

Please contact our Tigard, OR office for more information on dental fillings.