Dental Fillings

A Long-Lasting Solution To Correcting Cavities

Cavities can happen to anyone. A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay, typically from the acid in plaque eating away at the enamel. The solution to this problem and preventing tooth decay from spreading further, is fillings. These are one of the most common procedures done in most dental offices. With the use of fillings, you can stop further decay, which can lead to more extensive procedures such as root canals, or worse – having to have the tooth extracted.

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Why Choose Soundview Family Dental for Your Fillings?

At Soundview Family Dental, we offer a wide range of services, including general dentistry options to help our patients achieve a healthier smile. Tooth Fillings are the cornerstone of general dentistry, in that they are the first line of defense against the beginning stages of tooth decay or cavities. 

Choosing a dentist is an essential part of maintaining good oral health for life. Our office and dentists will work with you to develop the best treatment plan to fit your needs. If during an exam we identify a cavity, we will chart its location. Afterward, we will sit with you and review thoroughly what we have found and recommend a course of treatment to fix the holes. Not every cavity can be solved with just a filling. In some cases, we recommend the use of a crown as well.

Our primary goal will always be to give our patients the best care possible. We will never recommend services that aren’t right for you, and we will advise as to the appropriate solution (and options) for your exact dental needs.

Schedule your consultation today by calling our Edmonds office at (425) 563-6360, or book online now!

Tooth Fillings in Edmonds WA

Are Fillings Right for You?

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Our office is pleased to offer a few different types of fillings. In our office we use gold, silver, amalgam, porcelain, and composite resins. Each of these works well for correcting cavities in teeth, but they do each have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. For instance, some of the fillings are more expensive than the composite resin; but porcelain will blend in better with the tooth for a more natural finish.

Composite resin is the most versatile of the different types of fillings; it is also one of the more affordable solutions to fixing decay. A composite resin filling can be used at any area of the teeth, and does an excellent job of filling the cavity. For instance, in the front teeth, resin or porcelain will be less noticeable than a metal filling. In the molars, however, metal fillings can be used for more exceptional durability. Because the rear teeth are primarily used for chewing, having a stronger material in its place is ideal for long term effectiveness.

At Soundview Family Dental, we prefer to use composite resin for fillings. While they have a shorter life span, they are perfect for correcting cavities of various sizes. During the procedure, our dentists, Dr. Kitts or Dr. Hewett, will clean the tooth, removing all traces of tooth decay. The area will then be prepared for the filling. Once your dentist has applied the filling, it will need to be shaped to match the tooth structure that remains. Filing and shaping will allow for a smoother finish and a more natural appearance.

Benefits of Tooth Fillings

While cavities can be present for years without problems, they will eventually get more substantial if not addressed. And they can make your breath smell terrible! With fillings from Soundview Family Dental in Edmonds, WA, fillings have many great advantages, including:

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Variety of materials to choose from.

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Protect the condition of your natural tooth.

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Avoid more extensive procedures that will arise if left untreated.

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Porcelain fillings will blend with the appearance of your tooth.

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Stop the progression of tooth decay.

Our dentists, Dr. Kitts, and Dr. Hewett, will make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. The area to be worked on will receive a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort when we are cleaning out the tooth, or when we are shaping the filling. The whole process of completing one filing takes under an hour to complete.

Are you curious if fillings are right for you? Give our office a call today at (425) 563-6360 to schedule an appointment, or you may request your appointment online.

Are You Considering Avoiding Repair to Your Tooth’s Cavity?

It’s normal to get busy and not visit the dentist as often as you should. A primary reason dentists recommend coming in twice a year for exams and cleanings is to identify issues that may have come up between now and your last visit. Cavities can show up anytime in between. When they do, they may start small, but they will get larger over time. The sooner you can have a cavity filled, the better. Tooth decay is progressive. It will continue to spread, as long as it goes untreated, Think of it as rust on a car. It may start as a small bubble, but before you know it, the whole panel has rusted out. 

While your tooth is hardly a vehicle, the comparison of rust on a car is one that everyone can see. Sometimes, a cavity is barely noticeable to you or to anyone else — no one, that is, except for your dentists. But tooth decay will spread. It will worsen, sooner than you would think, to the point where the tooth’s root is exposed. Once your tooth is to this point, a filling may no longer be enough to solve the problem. A root canal may be required. Most fillings are inexpensive, and are often covered by most insurances. Conversely, a root canal is a far more extensive procedure, and is often more expensive.

Cavity Repaired with Tooth Filling

Saving Your Tooth From Further Damage

Wouldn’t you like to care for your teeth, and make sure they are in optimal health? A filling, when recommended, is the easiest solution to correcting tooth decay and preventing further damage. Fillings are painless, and are a relatively quick procedure. By investing the time to fix a smaller problem, you can avoid major ones. Tooth decay is permanent. It won’t resolve on its own and must be repaired by your dentist.

Our Personal Guarantee

At Soundview Family Dental, we want you to be comfortable throughout the entire procedure, while getting the results you desire. Our staff will go above and beyond to make you as relaxed as possible, so you feel no discomfort throughout the treatment. Once a filling has been placed, you will no longer have pain from that tooth, and the tooth won’t be susceptible to an infection in the pulp.

FAQ

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How long do dental fillings last?
Of all the options available, gold will last the longest, perhaps as long as 15-30 years. Silver amalgam fillings are a close second, and can last up to 15 years. Composite resins have the shortest life span and may need to be replaced within five to seven years.
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Are dental fillings painful?
No. We take great care in numbing the area to be worked on so that our patients feel no discomfort. Once a filling is placed, there won’t be any pain from that tooth. You may notice a sensitivity to hot and cold beverages or food immediately following the procedure, but this will quickly resolve.

Get a Long-Term Solution to Cavities with Fillings from Soundview Family Dental in Edmonds

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Get a healthier smile when you have our dentists at Soundview Family Dental help correct cavities with fillings. We know a trip to the dentist can be overwhelming to some, and others have a busy schedule.

Our staff works hard to make sure every patient is comfortable, in addition to getting you in close to your scheduled appointment time. Don’t delay having your tooth filled. While a small cavity may not be bothersome now, it can soon produce toothaches that will only worsen.

To book an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Kitts or Dr. Hewett, please call our office at (425) 563-6360 or request an appointment online.

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