Dr. Brian Han may recommend a dental filling to restore teeth suffering from minor to moderate tooth damage, such as that caused by cavities or minor cracking. If cavities and cracking are not treated promptly, it can allow tooth decay or infection to set in and require you to receive more invasive and complex treatments at a later date. Dental fillings work to “fill in” the damaged tooth structure, restoring the shape, appearance and strength of the tooth.
There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings. Composite fillings are especially popular as they are designed to match the natural color of your tooth and blend in with your smile. Tooth-colored fillings are also more durable, bonding with your natural tooth structure and preventing decay from reaching under the filling. They are also the healthier long-term solution since they are biocompatible and do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials.
A dental filling can usually be placed in a single appointment. Our dentist will provide a local anesthetic and thoroughly clean the tooth to remove damaged tooth structure and decay. The filling will then be placed, hardened and polished to complete your restoration.
To learn more about dental fillings in Bellevue, Washington, and schedule an appointment with our dentist, call Newport Dental today at 425-641-5303.