Cavity Specialist

Brooklyn Avenue Dental

Sam Kim, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Seattle, WA

It’s easy to put off going to the dentist for fear of having cavities, but at Brooklyn Avenue Dental, Dr. Sam Kim strives to make a filling a cavity as pleasant as possible. He thoroughly examines your teeth for cavities and then works with you to determine the best course of treatment for you. If you live in the Seattle, Washington area, don’t suffer through the pain of a cavity: Call or make an appointment online at Brooklyn Avenue Dental.

Cavity Q & A

What causes a cavity?

A cavity occurs when bacteria attacks the surface of your tooth and causes permanent damage to the enamel. Factors like genetics, poor dental hygiene, and dietary habits contribute to these holes or pits in your teeth.

How do I know if I have a cavity?

If you have any symptoms of a cavity such as pain, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, visible holes or discoloration, Dr. Andy assesses the area for a cavity. He might also perform a dental X-ray to view the inside of the tooth to get a clear picture of its internal structure.

Sometimes it’s possible not to experience any symptoms from a cavity, so it’s important to schedule regular appointments with Dr. Andy to avoid undiagnosed cavities.

How are cavities treated?

In its early stages, Dr. Andy may give you a fluoride treatment to restore the damage to the enamel. When it’s too late to use a fluoride treatment, he applies a filling. Brooklyn Avenue Dental offers both metal and metal-free fillings.

Metal fillings are less expensive, but men and women prefer to have them on only the back teeth since they’re noticeable. Metal-free fillings give you the benefit of a tooth-colored filling. These options include resin, composite, and porcelain.

More progressive cavities may require a crown, while a root canal or extraction is necessary if most of the tooth has decayed.

What can I expect during a filling treatment?

First, a numbing agent is applied to ensure that you’re comfortable during the filling. Next, Dr. Andy removes the decayed portion of the tooth using a dental drill.

Then he fills the tooth using a metal, resin, or composite filling. He compacts it into the area and ensures that it’s level with the rest of your tooth. The process might vary slightly depending on the location of your cavity.

Is getting a filling painful?

You won’t experience much pain or discomfort while getting a cavity filled. Dr. Andy strives to make the experience as pleasant as possible because he realizes the stigma associated with the procedure. Typically, he uses a topical anesthetic and then gives you a local anesthetic via injection to ensure your comfort.

Are cavities preventable?

To prevent cavities, Dr. Andy suggests a few things you can do at home:

  • Brush teeth twice per day
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss everyday
  • Visit the dentist twice a year
  • Limit sugary beverages and foods