What Is a Dental Filling?

A tooth filling can be made out of a variety of materials and is used to fill and seal the hole caused by a cavity, preventing decay from spreading to the rest of the tooth. Dr. Merat Ostovar quickly, easily, and comfortably removes decay from a tooth before it progresses. The type of tooth filling that is used is largely based on your needs and preferences.

: Resin

Tooth-colored that are light cures to match your teeth. Amalgam: Silver-colored , more durable material.

Approximately 92% of adults have experienced a cavity. Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay, and if left untreated, they can severely damage teeth and lead to a decline in oral health. Though cavities are common, at East Wind Dental Care, Hillsboro dentist Dr. Merat Ostovar can easily fix them using a routine, restorative dental treatment called a dental filling, also known as a tooth filling.


Types of Fillings

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You are probably most familiar with gold and silver/amalgam , but these are only two of several options you will have if you find yourself with a cavity. Though both gold and amalgam are good options, they also stand out against the pearly whites they are preserving and protecting. Fortunately, there are less obvious alternatives available. Filling options include:

  • Amalgam : Amalgam tooth are affordable and durable, able to last 10 to 15 years or longer. Because they are made of silver, they do not match the surrounding tooth and may stand out.
  • Gold : Gold tooth are very durable and last at least 10 to 15 years. Though they don’t match the surrounding tooth, some prefer the coloring and shine to that of amalgam . Gold tend to cost more than other materials.
  • Composite resin : Composite tooth are made from a mixture of plastic and fine-glass particles. They last at least five years and match the color of your teeth. They generally cost less than gold but more than amalgam .
  • Porcelain : Porcelain tooth last approximately five to seven years, with a wide range of pricing. They match the color of your teeth and are more resistant to staining than composite .


Q: “Do ever need to be replaced?

A: Though they are very durable, most will need to be replaced eventually. How long they last depends heavily on the type of filling you get.

Q: “Does it hurt to get a filling?

A: Dr. Ostovar can perform both the removal of the decay and the filling placement in such a way that you will remain comfortable and free of pain.

Q: “How long will it take for me to be able to eat, speak, brush, and floss as usual after receiving a filling?

A: Shortly after receiving a filling, you should be able to do all of the things you normally would do.

As your Hillsboro dentist, the staff at  is happy to answer any of your questions about . Call (503) 614-0198 to learn more or to set up an appointment.

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