For a more natural looking smile, our Issaquah practice uses ceramic dental fillings.
When Dr. Vanama diagnoses a cavity in one or more of your teeth, she needs to place filling material to preserve the tooth. If she didn’t do this, the tooth would eventually decay to the point of needing to be extracted. We offer several different types of filling material at Discovery Dental, including composite, gold, and porcelain. Dr. Vanama uses filling material made from plastic and ceramic compounds whenever possible. That is because they match the appearance of natural teeth more than any of the other types of material do. This enables you to disguise the fact that you have had any dental work done at all.
What to Expect When Receiving a Composite Filling
Your dentist in Issaquah applies composite resin fillings, as well as the other types of fillings, in a single visit. These are direct fillings, which means that they go right on top of the tooth surface. Dr. Vanama completes the following steps when filling your tooth with composite material:
- Keeps the tooth dry by isolating it from the saliva in your mouth.
- Using a drill or air abrasion instrument, Dr. Vanama removes the part of your tooth that has become infected.
- She places layers of composite resin over the opening left by the infected tooth portion she removed.
- She then uses a curing light to force the wet composite resin material to harden.
- Lastly, she shapes the still-pliable resin so it matches the appearance of your other teeth as closely as possible.
Indirect Cavity Fillings
An indirect filling requires two or more visits to Discovery Dental in Issaquah. These types of fillings may include porcelain veneers created with composites or ceramics or an inlay. The latter type of restoration is appropriate when you have damage or decay on the top surfaces of your teeth between the cusps. When you come in for your first visit with Dr. Vanama, she takes an impression of your tooth with the cavity and sends it to our dental laboratory. Our technicians make sure that the color of your new inlay closely matches your other teeth. You receive a temporary inlay before leaving the first appointment.
You need to return to see your dentist in Issaquah approximately two to three weeks later. Dr. Vanama removes the temporary inlay at this time and carefully places the permanent new one over the affected tooth. It may feel mildly tender for a few hours, but you should experience no other discomfort or restrictions to your normal activities.
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