Cavities Specialist

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentist located in South King County, Des Moines, WA

When decay from plaque strikes your teeth, it creates holes called cavities. Filling these cavities prevents the decay from reaching deeper into the gums and tooth roots. Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry team in Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, provide tooth-colored, composite fillings to fix cavities and restore your tooth’s health.

Cavities Q & A

How do I know if I need a filling?

Cavities can sometimes cause sensitivity, but most likely, your dentist at Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry will only discover them at a regular appointment. External palpation and X-ray exams can reveal the start of decay. Ignoring a cavity can lead to progression of decay that will need more extensive work later on. A filling is a simple, effective way to stop the decay before it progresses.

What happens during a filling?

Composite fillings, which involve filling the holes in your teeth with tooth-colored plastic and glass, can be placed in one appointment. These are especially desirable in areas of your mouth that are visible as they blend with the rest of your teeth.

Your tooth and the area surrounding it are numbed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team thoroughly remove all decay using a high-speed drill or laser. The space to receive the filling is cleaned and prepped. Your dentist applies the composite filling material and seals it using a specialized light. The doctor then shapes and polishes the site of the filling to ensure it feels natural in your mouth.

What should I expect after receiving a filling?

You may feel extra sensitive to hot or cold temperatures in the first day or so after receiving the filling. But this subsides shortly thereafter. Your filled tooth acts like any other natural tooth in your mouth and benefits from proper oral care such as regular brushing and flossing.

How can I prevent cavities?

Plaque causes cavities, the development of which is minimized by regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. Even if you’re good about maintaining your oral health, a cavity may still arise.

Don’t feel upset if you have a cavity that needs filling. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 92% of adults have had at least one cavity by the age of 64. Cavities aren’t only a problem in childhood, either. Adults can develop them, too.

Limiting candy, desserts, and sugary drinks, brushing your gums, and flossing all of your teeth – including the ones in the back – are critical cavity-prevention steps.


Welcome, New Patients!

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is happily accepting new patients in the South King County area. We treat patients from Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and SeaTac, WA. Schedule your new patient consultation with our office today!