Reclaim Your Smile with Dental Fillings at Lighthouse Dental in Vancouver, WA

At Lighthouse Dental, we understand that tooth decay is a common but distressing condition. Located conveniently in Vancouver, WA, our practice offers dental fillings as a way to restore the integrity and aesthetics of your teeth. By opting for a dental filling, you not only rid your teeth of damaging decay, but you also reap benefits like reduced tooth sensitivity and an enhanced smile. Whether you're from Downtown Vancouver, Uptown Village, Rose Village, Arnada, or Harney Heights, you're just a short drive away from a healthier smile.

What is the Procedure for Dental Filling? 

A dental filling is a form of restorative dentistry designed to replace decayed tooth material. Our expert dentists, Dr. Erika Takanami and Dr. Kyle A. Bennett, use a tooth-colored composite resin to fill in the decayed area, offering a natural look that blends seamlessly with your existing teeth. The procedure involves numbing the affected area, removing the decay, and then filling it with composite resin that is hardened with a specialized dental light.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity After Getting a Dental Filling?

Some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity after a filling. This is generally temporary and is due to the newly applied composite resin coming in contact with the tooth's inner pulp. Sensitivity usually diminishes within a few days, but if it persists, we recommend contacting our team at 360-576-3570 for further evaluation and guidance.

How Should I Care for My Teeth With Fillings?

Maintaining a dental filling is quite straightforward. The basic principles of oral hygiene—like regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits—still apply. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and to schedule biannual check-ups at Lighthouse Dental to ensure that your fillings are in top condition. You might also consider additional protective measures like dental sealants for enhanced care.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of a Dental Filling?


  • Restores the structural integrity of the tooth
  • Reduces or eliminates tooth pain caused by decay
  • Can be completed in a single office visit
  • Tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly into your smile


  • Temporary tooth sensitivity
  • Risk of further decay if oral hygiene is not maintained
  • Filling material may wear down over time

How Long Does a Dental Filling Last?

A dental filling typically lasts between 5 to 15 years, depending on factors like the material used, the size of the filling, and your oral hygiene practices. At Lighthouse Dental, we ensure that each filling is placed with precision and care, maximizing its lifespan.

How Long Does It Take to Heal After a Filling?

Recovery time is minimal; most patients return to their daily activities immediately. Mild sensitivity may occur but generally fades within a few days. For larger fillings or multiple restorations, a short period of caution while eating is advisable.

Ready to Schedule Your Dental Filling in Vancouver, WA?

Don't let tooth decay steal your smile. Whether you're experiencing discomfort or just due for a regular dental check-up, the friendly team at Lighthouse Dental is here to help. Contact us today at 360-576-3570 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Erika Takanami or Dr. Kyle A. Bennett.

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