Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings in Seattle, WA

Getting a cavity is inconvenient and can also be painful, and if left unchecked, it can cause problems for the rest of your teeth. Most of us know that the appropriate solution to a cavity is to get a filling. If you need a filling, then Bell Harbour Dental in Seattle, WA is the place to go. We can handle all your cavity filling needs quickly and efficiently so that you don’t have to worry about unnecessary pain or damage to the rest of your teeth.

What Are Fillings and What Do They Do?

A filling is a substance that a dentist uses to, as the name suggests, “fill” a cavity. Cavities occur in teeth due to the weakening of tooth enamel due to the things we eat, particularly sugars that stick to the teeth. Over time, the enamel breaks down, and a hole forms in the tooth. This is what we know as a cavity. Cavities can occur almost anywhere in a tooth, and when it does, they can be very bad for the tooth.

To insert the filling into the tooth, the dentist has to prepare the area to receive the filling. This starts by diagnosing the extent of the damage. A cavity is essentially tooth decay, so the more severe the cavity, the worse it is on your tooth. So long as the tooth isn’t too severely damaged, the dentist will begin preparing the tooth for the filling.

The dentist will start by cleaning the area around the cavity and then cleaning the inside to ensure it is free of food debris, plaque and bacteria before inserting the filling material and sealing off it. The dentist can use many different options for the filling, and most of the time, it depends on the location of the cavity. Metal fillings are more common for back teeth that are less visible, but for the front teeth, the dentist may use something like a composite resin material that is not as noticeable.

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