Dental Fillings In Seattle
Your tooth’s enamel is a hard, mineral coating that protects the living part of the tooth, the dentin and pulp. Through proper hygiene, you can maintain the enamel on your teeth indefinitely. However, if a crack or hole occurs in the enamel, a filling is needed to protect the living part of the tooth inside.
At Zen Dental Center in Seattle, we provide dental fillings using the latest technology and the best materials to improve your oral health and keep your teeth healthy long-term. We use white resin filling material that we can match to the color of your teeth. This resin material is a composite of materials that last a long time and is healthy in your body.
When a Dental Filling is Necessary
Dental fillings become necessary after a tooth develops a hole or cavity from tooth decay. This is usually caused by build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth that causes damage over time. Brushing your teeth and flossing daily and visiting the dentist for professional cleanings twice a year can help prevent this build-up and cut down on the possibility of your teeth developing a cavity. But even with proactive oral health, cavities can sometimes develop in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
If there is tooth decay on one or more of your teeth, our Seattle dentist will likely recommend a dental filling. The filling process involves removing the decayed tooth material, cleaning the area, then filling the cavity with a filling material. This helps repair the tooth and prevent further decay.
Advantages of White Resin Fillings
At Zen Dental Center, we use white resin filling material instead of the other filling materials available in order to provide you with the best quality dental filling. White resin fillings, also known as composite fillings, allow us to match the color of the resin to your teeth, so they blend in with your surrounding teeth. White resin is also completely safe and healthy in your body, lasting a long time.
If you have any old black or grey metal fillings, those are amalgam fillings that contain the toxic metal mercury. We recommend you come in for a visit to replace those fillings with white resin fillings that are much healthier.
How Cavity Fillings Prevent Further Issues
The most important function of dental fillings is to prevent further tooth decay and further dental issues down the line. Tooth decay usually happens as the result of a build-up of plaque and tartar on the tooth, eating away at the tooth enamel. If left untreated, this decay will likely continue to erode the tooth, eventually causing pain, then an abscess and, potentially, bone loss. At those more advanced stages, more intensive treatments are required, including the possible need to remove the tooth. Getting a dental filling early on stops the tooth decay and repairs the tooth, preventing the cavity from getting worse.
What to Expect After a Filling
Following a dental filling, you’ll likely be able to resume eating and drinking as normal right away, but you may experience some tooth sensitivity to heat and cold for a few days following the filling. Fillings last for years but may wear out eventually and need replacement after a long period of time.
Dental Fillings at our Seattle Dental Clinic
Here at Zen Dental Center in Seattle, WA, we aim to make the dental process as smooth and comfortable as possible. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide gentle but effective dental services, working to keep your teeth and gums healthy long-term. We only ever recommend dental treatments you truly need, so you have the peace of mind that every time you visit you’re receiving the best possible care.
To schedule a dental filling with Zen Dental Center in Seattle, contact us or call us for an appointment today at (206) 324-1100.
What Sets Us Apart?
- State-of-the-Art Technology
- Most PPO Insurance Accepted
- Gentle but Effective Dental Care
- Honest, Trustworthy Dental Care
- Speaks English, Spanish & Japanese
- Artistic & Technically Proficient Care
- Generally Sees Emergencies Same Day
- Convenient Location Near the Light Rail
- Comfortable, Welcoming, Efficient Office
- Team Communicates Treatment Plans Clearly
- Team Takes the Time to Listen & Evaluate All Possibilities
- We Only Recommend Dental Treatments You Truly Need