Dental Fillings in Renton, WA
Did you notice tooth sensitivity or pain? You might need a dental filling. Call us today at (425) 226-6227 to come in for a checkup.
Dental fillings are among the most common dental procedures. Over 90% of adults in the U.S. have had a dental cavity. Fortunately, cavities are easily treatable if a checkup diagnoses them early enough.
There are multiple dental filling options, including the traditional silver amalgam (a mixture of mercury and other metals), glass ionomer, and composite resin for natural-looking teeth fillings.
Symptoms of Dental Cavities
A patient may need a dental filling due to tooth decay, a chip or break, or to replace an old filling. Cavities are the most common reason for dental fillings.
Timely diagnosis increases the chances for quick, successful treatment and reduced tooth damage. Untreated cavities can result in extensive tooth damage, pain, and even tooth loss.
Some common symptoms of dental cavities include:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Visible holes or chips
What To Expect During a Dental Filling Procedure
Once the dentist determines the patient needs a tooth filling, they will numb the affected area, usually with lidocaine. The numbing process is quick and involves minimal discomfort.
After the dentist makes sure the area is numb, they will remove the damaged part of the tooth using a drill or laser and clean the area with gel. Then the dentist will apply the dental filling material, seal it with adhesives, and use a bonding light to harden it in the case of composite fillings.
Finally, the dentist will polish the tooth to smooth out any unevennesses and make sure the filling does not affect the patient’s bite.
The choice of dental filling material will depend on the patient’s preference, the dentist’s recommendation, and cost. Below are the most common choices.
Dentists have been using amalgam teeth fillings for many decades. Amalgam is strong, durable, and affordable.
However, since amalgam fillings are composed of various metals, they have a silver color that may be noticeable when the patient smiles or talks.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite teeth fillings, made from durable resins, are long-lasting and durable. Though they are less suitable than amalgam fillings for heavy-duty use, dentists recommend them for small- to mid-sized restorations on teeth that perform moderate chewing.
Composite fillings match the natural color of the patient’s teeth and are therefore ideal for visible areas of the mouth.
Good, regular oral care can help prevent cavities and improve overall dental health, including:
- Brushing for two minutes in the morning and at night
- Flossing daily
- A biannual checkup and dental cleaning
Jaji Dhaliwal, DDS: Your Local Dentist in Renton, WA
Dr. Jaji Dhaliwal of 4th and Morris Dentistry focuses on providing comprehensive dental care while making her patients feel calm, comfortable, and safe. She values the long-term relationships she has built with her patients in the community of Renton, WA.
We look forward to seeing you at the office. Call us at (425) 226-6227 to schedule an appointment.