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Dental Filling
Anatomy of a tooth with a cavity Approximately 92% of adults age 20 to 64 have experienced a cavity. Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay and, if left untreated, can severely damage teeth and lead to a decline in oral health. Though cavities are common, they are also easily fixed using a common restorative treatment called a filling.

A filling seals the hole caused by a cavity, preventing decay from spreading to the rest of the tooth and eventually into its root. Our experienced dental care providers know how to quickly, easily, and comfortably remove decay from a tooth before it progresses. We then use fillings made of metal, which appear either silver or gold, or tooth-colored fillings made of porcelain or composite material that bond with the tooth to give it a more natural look.Example of a tooth-colored filling

Shortly after receiving a filling, you’ll be able to eat, speak, brush, and floss as usual. To prevent future decay and cavities, we will work with you to create a dental plan that includes regular checkups and cleanings, and we will provide you with specific instructions for the best at-home oral care practices.

FAQ

Do fillings ever need to be replaced?
Though they are very durable, most fillings will need to be replaced eventually. How long they last depends heavily on the type of filling you get.
Does it hurt to get a filling?
Dr. Daniel S. Smith, DDS and Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, DDS can perform both the removal of the decay and the filling placement in such a way that you will remain comfortable and free of pain.
To find out more about restorative dental options in Puyallup, WA, call 253.200.5427 today.