In order to treat a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings prevent plaque from building up inside cavities, which could lead to serious infections. They also reinforce the tooth, to keep it from chipping, cracking, or breaking. If a tooth is not filled, even minor cavities could significantly compromise the health and function of the teeth.

Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse – such as nail-biting or tooth grinding.

Fillings with No Pain, Shots, or Anesthesia at Viewpoint Dentistry

Viewpoint Dentistry has invested in state-of-the-art, advanced technology, namely the Solea CO2 laser, that enables the dentist to do fillings with no shot or anesthesia!  Our patients could not be happier as they can have their fillings done in one short appointment with minimal disruption to their busy lives.

The Solea CO2 laser is the first of its kind approved by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) for hard and soft tissue procedures — which includes fillings! What is especially appreciated by our patients at Viewpoint Dentistry is there is no drill required for tooth fillings. 

The Solea laser replaces the dental drill for most dental procedures.  This cutting edge tool offers a significant set of advantages over a dental drill. Patients now have the option of going pain-free for most dental procedures, including tooth fillings!

How does the Solea laser work?

With respect to fillings, the Solea laser is used to repair decayed teeth, replace old or broken fillings, and even bond small cracks. Featuring a unique design and precision controls, the Solea laser means that there is virtually no bleeding for soft-tissue procedures!  

When patients have fillings done at Viewpoint Dentistry, they benefit from shorter appointments and they leave the dentist office with full, normal use of their mouth and teeth.  This is all because there is no anesthesia or numbing of the teeth and gums thanks to the Solea laser

With Solea laser treatment, you can return to your daily activities right away with no discomfort! What’s more, because you can feel your bite after a filling, you will not have to schedule a return visit for adjustments! 

Although some offices still use metal amalgam for fillings, here at Viewpoint Dentistry we use composite material for our fillings.

Here’s the facts, you choose?!?  We know you will want composite, especially with the Solea laser!

Silver-Fillings (Amalgams)

Silver-Fillings — Advantages

Durability – lasts at least 10 to 15 years and usually outlasts composite fillings.

Strength – can withstand chewing forces.

Expense – is less expensive than composite fillings.

Silver-Fillings — Disadvantages

Poor Aesthetics – fillings do not match the color of your natural teeth.

Destruction of More Tooth Structure – healthy parts of the tooth must often be removed to make a space large enough to hold the amalgam filling.

Discoloration – amalgam fillings can create a grayish hue to the surrounding tooth structure.

Cracks and Fractures – although all teeth expand and contract in the presence of hot and cold liquids, this ultimately can cause the tooth to crack or fracture.  Amalgam material – in comparison with other filling materials – may experience a wider degree of expansion and contraction and lead to a higher incidence of cracks and fractures. 

Allergic Reactions – a small percentage of people, about 1 percent, are allergic to the mercury present in amalgam restorations. 


Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings — Advantages

Aesthetics – the shade or color of the composites can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth;  They are especially well suited for use in the front teeth or visible parts of the teeth. 

Bonding to Tooth Structure – composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing additional support to the tooth. 

Versatility in Uses – in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite filings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth. 

Tooth-sparing Preparation – sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgams when removing decay and preparing for the filling. 

Composite Fillings — Disadvantages 

Lack of Durability – composite fillings wear out sooner than amalgams — lasting only about five years compared with at least 10 to 15 years with amalgams. In addition, composition fillings may not last as long as amalgams under the pressure of chewing and especially if used as the filling material for large cavities. 

Increased Chair Time — because of the process to apply the composite material, this type of filling can take up to 20 minutes longer than amalgams to place. 

Additional Visits — if composites are used for inlays or onlays, more than one office visit will likely be required. 

Chipping — depending on location, composite materials can chip off the tooth. 

Expense — composite fillings can cost as much as twice the cost of amalgams. 

If you need fillings done — and you want it to be painless and fast so you don’t have to disrupt your personal schedule — we invite you to contact us at (509) 946-9313! Experience pain-free dental care at Viewpoint Dentistry in Richland, WA!