Dental Fillings in Shoreline, WA

Sometimes no matter how well we brush and floss, tooth decay happens! Cavities are a very common occurrence, but are often simply and painlessly treated. Dr. Brenner offers the most advanced technology and safest materials to meet your highest standards. If you are suffering from tooth pain, contact Bright 32 Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and discuss all options to restore your natural tooth!

Restore Your Tooth With A Dental Filling

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A dental filling’s purpose is to help remove the carious (or decayed) portion and seal the tooth for proper function and esthetics. By addressing a small cavity, it can help avoid larger tooth decay or the breakdown of a tooth and the need for more extensive treatment like dental crowns or onlays. 

Many people will develop tooth decay because of poor oral hygiene habits and/or a high frequency diet of sugars and carbohydrates. When one or both of these issues occur, the bacteria in plaque use the sugar remaining on teeth to create an acid. The acid will break down the enamel and other layers of our teeth to create a hole. This process usually continues until the decay is excavated and the tooth is filled.

Dental Fillings at Bright 32

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Bright 32 Family Dentistry uses only the highest quality of materials to ensure your dental filling is safe, esthetic, and long-lasting. This is why we use materials that we would use on our own family members. Composite resins (white fillings) are cosmetically pleasing and BPA-free, giving it a natural appearance close to your own teeth. If you need a slightly larger filling, a porcelain inlay or dental crown may be recommended and is a durable and excellent cosmetic option to match your natural tooth.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or mild to moderate pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold, or sweet, contact our office today so we can help you determine the best steps in finding a solution to your pain.

Get Your Dental Concerns Addressed With A Free Virtual Consultation 

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Step 1

Upload a photo of your smile

Step 2

We will create a personalized video with recommendations

Step 3

View your video and schedule an appointment

The Steps to a Fresh New Smile

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Initial Consultation

From the comfort of your home you can schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner where he will evaluate and discuss your needs. If it is determined that you may need a dental filling, he will schedule you for an in-office consultation where he will take X-rays to examine the extent of the decay and determine the best course of action for your teeth.

Preparing the Tooth

There are many materials Dr. Brenner can use to fill a tooth, but the process for each is similar. With little or no discomfort, an anesthetic is administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of an anesthetic or get nervous and/or anxious, Dr. Brenner would be happy to discuss your sedation options.

Prepping Your Filling

After your anesthetic has set in, Dr. Brenner uses a handheld instrument to remove the decayed area of the tooth. Once this has been complete, the remaining tooth structure is roughened or “etched” with a mildly acidic solution, then translucent cement is applied to bond the tooth and the filling material together.  

Post-Restorative Care

It is normal to experience temporary numbness from the anesthetic, which should wear off within a few hours. It’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold liquids, and eating on the side of your mouth with the new filling for 24 hours. Continue to brush and floss every day, and visit Bright 32 Family Dentistry at least twice per year for your routine exam.

Benefits of Dental Fillings

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  • Protect your smile from widespread damage 
  • Save your tooth from more costly work or an extraction
  • Virtually painless and immediately beneficial

Learn About Your Smile Today

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A dental filling is typically a cost-effective and simple process to restore your tooth’s natural function. If you are in need of a dental filling and are looking for personalized care, click below to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner at Bright 32 Family Dentistry to learn more about your restorative treatment options today.