Access Dental


Family & General Dentistry located in Olympia, WA

Fillings services offered in Olympia, WA

Minor tooth damage and dental decay could become more concerning if left untreated. At Access Dental in Olympia, Washington, the team of general and cosmetic dentists provides tooth-colored fillings to restore patients' beautiful and beaming smiles. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

Fillings Q&A

What is the purpose of fillings?

Fillings at Access Dental are made of tooth-colored dental materials that blend perfectly with the shape and color of your natural teeth. Fillings restore teeth that are damaged or decaying. They also can reduce the risk of more serious oral health problems.

What are fillings used for? 

Access Dental may use fillings to repair teeth that are:

  • Decaying
  • Damaged
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Discolored
  • Imperfect
  • Sensitive
  • Throbbing or painful

Fillings you receive at Access Dental can even replace old fillings that have become damaged or have fallen out. If you have more severe tooth decay or damage, the team might suggest a crown, a tooth-like dental cap that fits over the entire surface of your tooth.

If you have minor tooth decay, the team could recommend fluoride treatment or watchful waiting rather than dental fillings.

Are fillings right for me?

The team at Access Dental discusses your oral health history, examines your gums and teeth, and often takes dental X-rays to determine if you're a candidate for tooth-colored fillings. They develop a personalized dental restoration treatment plan that’s best for you. 

What happens during filing placement?

To maximize comfort, the team numbs the treatment area if needed before placing the filling. They might remove a small portion of your tooth's decayed area, clean it, and apply specialized filling materials to targeted areas of the tooth. The team can use a particular type of light to harden each filling before polishing treated teeth.

What should I expect after my treatment? 

There’s no downtime after the filling is placed, so you can resume a regular routine right away. Your tooth could feel slightly sensitive for a short time, but it heals quickly.

Take good care of your teeth and gums at home by brushing after meals, flossing daily, and not chewing on ice, hard candy, or other hard objects. Call Access Dental if your filling becomes loose or falls out.

To find out if you need a dental filling, schedule an appointment with Access Dental by phone or online today.