If you develop a cavity, dental fillings can prevent further damage, ensuring your tooth enamel stays healthy. At West End Dental in Downtown Washington, DC, Lauren Izadi, DDS, Edward Kim, MS, DDS, and the team use composite white dental fillings free of BPA and mercury. This ensures a positive and safe experience for everyone, including pregnant women and those with allergies. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative team today.
Dental fillings are a type of restoration used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. To administer a filling, your West End Dental provider carefully removes the damaged portion of your tooth and replaces it with white composite resin.
Dental fillings are easy to apply, last for years, and prevent further damage to a tooth, ensuring your smile stays healthy and problem-free.
At West End Dental, the team uses dental fillings to treat a variety of common oral health issues, including:
The team also uses dental fillings to close small spaces or gaps between teeth.
Getting a dental filling typically takes a single appointment. Before moving forward with treatment, your West End Dental provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays to determine the extent of the decay or damage.
Afterward, they administer a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums. Once the anesthesia kicks in, your provider thoroughly cleans your tooth and prepares it to receive a filling. If your decay is near a nerve, they apply a special medication for an additional layer of protection.
Once your tooth is ready to receive a filling, your provider gently applies a layer of resin to your tooth. It is shaped and polished to mimic your tooth’s natural color and light-reflecting properties. Lastly, your provider points a special light at the resin to dry and harden it.
After receiving dental fillings, it’s normal to experience increased tooth sensitivity, particularly when enjoying cold or hot foods. Any discomfort should subside within a few days, once your tooth acclimates.
To keep your fillings in great shape make sure to brush and floss daily and visit West End Dental every six months for a professional cleaning and exam. If possible, avoid nail-biting or chewing on ice cubes to prevent chipping or damage.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental fillings, schedule an appointment at West End Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with an administrative staff member today.