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Even if you diligently brush your teeth twice each day, floss each evening and make sure to attend your regular dental checkup at Washington Dental Group, you could still suffer a cavity on a tooth. Fortunately, each checkup includes a thorough dental cleaning and examination to detect any areas of tooth decay.

Should Dr. Yong Park find an unfortunate cavity, he will present you with your treatment options. Many small cavities can be repaired with a simple amalgam or composite filling.

The treatment process starts with Dr. Yong Park examining the tooth and taking some X-rays. It’s important to assess the extent of the decay, ensuring that the internal structures of the tooth have not been affected.

Dr. Yong Park will then use an injection of Novocain to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissues. Then, he will remove any decayed enamel with a drill. This leaves behind a clean, healthy surface to secure the filling.

The tooth’s visibility in your smile and its primary function in your mouth will directly influence the material Dr. Yong Park recommends for your filling.

Amalgam fillings are made from biologically safe metals. They are dark in color, so they are most often used to repair a cavity that isn’t prevalent in your smile. Composite fillings are made from a dental-grade resin that can be shaded to match tooth enamel. This style of filling is a good choice for repairing a cavity that is visible in your smile.

If you’re concerned that a filling has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 1-800-823-0830 to have it examined and repaired at Washington Dental Group. We have five convenient locations in Washington, including Everett, Federal Way, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Bellevue, and University Place.