Common Dental Treatments

Dental treatments are nothing to be afraid of. Thanks to anesthetics, having your teeth fixed can be a pain-free process. You can rest easy knowing that whatever your dental problem is, Dr. Opdahl has done the procedure countless times that will fix your teeth.

There are various dental treatments offered at Tillamook Bay Dental. Here’s just a few of the basic procedures they perform all the time. If you have a toothache, it can probably be fixed with one of these common treatments.


Dental fillings are used to treat teeth that have cavities or decay. They can also be used to repair injured teeth that have fractures.

When a patient complains of a toothache, the very first thing Dr. Opdahl does is check for cavities and cracks. He does this by examining the tooth visually and with the use of X-rays. If he finds that the tooth needs to be filled, then he fixes the tooth.

After numbing the tooth, Dr. Opdahl will use a dental drill to remove any decayed dental tissue in the inner tooth. He will then clean out the tooth with water before sealing the tooth with a dental filling.

With the help of Dr. Opdahl and staff, the patient will choose the type of filling that they prefer. They can choose from gold, silver, porcelain or dental resin fillings.

Because small cavities and mild tooth decay are found in the teeth of a large majority of Americans, dental fillings are the most performed dental procedure in the country.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that have been badly damaged by decay or injury. As dental restoration, crowns are pretty much the only things that save damaged teeth from extraction. They are also used to correct cosmetic imperfections.

Crowns restore teeth by covering them completely, which protects them from further infection or damage.

Root Canals

When a tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread into the center of the tooth. This area is called the dental pulp. Inside of the dental pulp is the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. All of the sensitive areas of the tooth are contained here. As such, when the area becomes infected it can be incredibly painful, requiring immediate treatment. We can perform a root canal quickly at Tillamook Bay Dental.

You should schedule an appointment with us to discuss the health of your teeth, any problems that you may be having and what should be done to heal and protect the tooth. If it appears that a root canal is the best option, we will make this recommendation. If not, we will present a treatment solution that will solve your health issue.

Overall, a root canal endodontics treatment is extremely effective for saving damaged teeth by removing any infection that may be there. This single treatment makes it possible for millions of teeth to be saved on an annual basis and once it is completed; eating and drinking becomes easy again.

Dental Extractions

When a decayed tooth is too far gone to be saved, Dr. Opdahl will pull it out. When an impacted tooth tries to push past the gum and fails, Dr. Opdahl removes it. He will also remove a troublesome and painful wisdom tooth that will not make up its mind if it wants to grow or not.

If the problem tooth is above the gum, he will remove it by loosening it from its bone socket and pulling it out. A tooth that is causing trouble under the gum is extracted with minor oral surgery.