Tooth Filling Tacoma WA

Nobody wants to hear they have a cavity. Yet cavities are a simple fix compared to all the other complications a cavity can cause. It’s hard to believe that something as serious as heart disease can come from not taking care of your teeth. Save yourself the physical and mental pain that results in not getting a filling done right away.

Today’s advancements with filling material eliminate the embarrassment of unattractive and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past.  We are able to replace the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.

Why time is of the essence

Don’t be fooled, you don’t have to have a toothache in order to have a cavity. If your dentist has recommended that you get a cavity fixed. Don’t wait!

When cavities are not quickly fixed they grow and the decay gets closer and deeper to the nerve. Cavities can even spread to other teeth, resulting in more money and time spent in the dentist office.

For comparison, Root canal’s are typically 10 to 15 times more expensive than a tooth filling!

Get your cavity filled before more invasive action has to be taken, contact our office now.

How long does it take for a cavity to form?

There’s no simple answer to this question, like so many other questions the answer is: It depends. The reason the dentist sees you every 6 months is because it does take awhile before a cavity gets to the point of needing attention. However, early detection is key when it comes down to preventing other health issues.

What other issues can arise?

As mentioned, there are other serious health concerns that come about when cavities aren’t promptly taken care of. Some of these include:

  1. Headaches
  2. Heart Disease
  3. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  4. Root Canal
  5. Dental Bridge
  6. Heartburn

How are cavities formed?

Tooth decay is a progressive disease. Bacteria that are naturally on our teeth interact with sugars from what we eat, producing acids that break down the mineral in our teeth. This hard mineral is called enamel, and it protects our teeth. Problems arise when enamel starts to break down with these acids. When bacteria starts to build up it forms plaque and that is where the problem really lies. Plaque holds the acid and it coats your teeth causing decay.

When is a Filling Needed?

Only your dentist can determine whether you have a cavity that needs a filling. This will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay. A filling with restore a damaged tooth back to normal function and will prevent further decay.

How to Prevent a Cavity

Although not eating sugars, and brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps you to avoid cavities, there’s other things you can do as well. These are…

Sugar-Free Gum and Candies with Xylitol

Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol (a natural sugar substitute) helps in preventing tooth decay because bacteria cannot use it to grow and cannot metabolize it to produce acid.

Use A Straw

Drink sugary and acidic drinks with with a straw.

Eat Cheese

Calcium levels go up in the mouth after eating cheese and increased saliva calcium helps to re-mineralize teeth and prevent cavities.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth that help in preventing bacteria from growing and causing cavities.


Drinking fluoride-treated water. Fluoride helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay.

Don’t Allow Thumb Sucking

Can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth.

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Getting Your Cavity Fixed – Fillings

To treat a cavity we remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then replace the damaged tooth structure with a material. We also, replace old and often broken down amalgam/metal fillings that contain mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.

Again, the best option is prevention from other serious health issues. Get your tooth filling done as soon as possible. Fillings don’t take long and are not that expensive, especially if you have dental insurance.

Different Types of Fillings

  1. Composite Fillings
  2. Glass Ionomers Fillings
  3. Amalgam Fillings
  4. Silver Fillings
  5. Gold Fillings