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Dear patients and friends,
We have good news! We have decided to stay in our Sylvan Highlands location and make this space our permanent home. We’re thankful that this location is only 8 minutes from our old office. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns, or are wondering when you can be seen. For all the patients who stayed with us through the challenge of recovering from the fire, thank you. We will always be thankful for your support during this time.

We are always excited to meet new patients so please reach out to us if you are looking for a new dental home. To longtime patients and other professionals who refer their family and friends to us, thank you for your support and confidence. Whether you are looking for routine dental care or have a question about a dental procedure, please reach out to us, we are happy to help.

We’re excited to continue to serve you and your families in this next chapter.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tom Pollard and Dr. Jill Pollard

Composite Fillings


Close up of Composite Fillings from Pollard Family Dentistry Taking care of your teeth is essential for preventing oral health issues, including tooth decay and cavities. Cavity prevention involves brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and exams. After a cavity forms, it needs to be treated. Untreated, a cavity only grows larger, causing serious problems. At Pollard Family Dentistry, we can treat your cavities, restoring the health of your mouth with composite dental fillings.

How Cavities Form


A cavity forms as the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the erosion of your tooth enamel. Oral bacteria, which live in your mouth, feed on lingering sugars. As they eat, they produce harmful acids, which eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Brushing helps to keep the number of oral bacteria down, and it helps to eliminate the acids on your teeth. Ignoring your oral care routine, or simply missing certain areas of your mouth, gives the acids time to cause the formation of a small pit (cavity) in the enamel. Bacteria take up residence in this pit, and continue their destruction. Over time, the cavity grows larger. Untreated, it can begin to destroy the tooth, weakening it. It can also enter into the inner layer of the tooth, allowing bacteria in. If this happens, a painful infection can form. For these reasons, treating cavities as soon as they are noticed is very important.

Composite Dental Fillings


For many decades, cavities were filled with amalgam. Still used today, amalgam is very strong material. However, it does have some major disadvantages. It is silver in color, which makes it stand out against the rest of the tooth (which can ruin the aesthetics of your smile). It contains both metals and mercury. Many dental patients are uncomfortable with the idea of mercury in their fillings. Amalgam fillings also require drilling more of the tooth’s structure away than just the decay.

Composite dental fillings are different. Composite resin, a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials, is used to fill in the cavity. The material is not as strong as amalgam (although it can stand up to most normal daily wear and tear), but it does blend in beautifully with your enamel, making it ideal for cavities that affect the teeth visible when you smile.

Placing Your Composite Dental Fillings


Composite dental fillings are a straightforward procedure that takes only a single visit to complete. The procedure for placing the filling is fairly similar to placing amalgam fillings. If necessary, a local anesthetic is administered. Next, the decay is drilled away from the tooth. The tooth is cleaned and dried. An acid etch is used to create a rough texture, which helps to ensure a strong bond between the composite material and your tooth. The tooth is cleaned and dried a second time. We fill the cavity with the composite resin material and use a special light to cure, or dry, it. Finally, the material is polished smooth.

Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings


Composite dental fillings have several benefits:
•  Composite resin provides a seamless fix, blending in perfectly with the color of your natural enamel
•  There is no metal or mercury in composite resin
•  More of your natural tooth structure is preserved
•  Composite resin bonds with your natural tooth
•  The material cures (hardens) faster than amalgam
•  It can easily be replaced if damaged, loosened, or lost

If you suspect you have a cavity, don’t ignore it. Contact Pollard Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment today.
Pollard Family Dentistry in Portland, OR

Office hours


Mon–Thurs 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location


5440 SW Westgate Dr. #390
Portland, OR 97221-2449

Contact


Office: (503) 223-7682

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