Restorative Dentistry Specialist

Bill Gilbert, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Bill Gilbert, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Bellevue, WA

A toothache can stop you in your tracks, and cavities, even the smallest of them, can cause serious health concerns if left untreated. Bill Gilbert DDS focuses on restorative dentistry procedures to help protect his Bellevue, Washington, patients from discomfort and complications. His comfort-based approach helps reduce anxiety while limiting your risk of long-term damage due to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Restorative Dentistry Q & A

What causes a toothache?

Toothaches have a number of causes, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Infections
  • Abscesses
  • Something stuck between your teeth

If a toothache lasts more than a couple of days or occurs with a fever, you need to make an appointment with Dr. Gilbert to find the root cause of the pain. In most cases, if your toothache doesn't go away after a couple of days, it's not going to go away without intervention.

What is a filling?

A filling is a routine dental procedure that involves removing decay from a cavity in your tooth and replacing it with a filling material that seals the area and prevents decay from spreading to other parts of your tooth. Filling options include silver-colored metal amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin. Dr. Gilbert can help you determine which filling option is right for your needs.

Are silver-colored fillings safe?

Yes. The American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both agree that the dental amalgam commonly used to fill cavities presents no health risk. If you’re more comfortable with composite resin, Dr. Gilbert gladly offers that option.

Why do teeth need to be pulled?

Pulling, or extracting, a tooth is typically done only in serious cases of disease or infection. If a cavity is left untreated, for example, the decay can spread until your tooth can't be saved. Leaving the tooth in your mouth would allow the decay to spread to other teeth. Dr. Gilbert instead extracts the tooth and replaces it with a bridge or implant. Sometimes, patients with small mouths require extraction to give teeth enough room.

Does dental insurance cover restorative dental care?

Each dental insurance policy is different, but most cover restorative dental care because it is considered necessary to prevent further disease. Dr. Gilbert's staff helps patients understand what is and isn’t covered for their oral care.

Do restorative dentistry procedures hurt?

At Dr. Gilbert's office, the staff strives to keep you comfortable throughout all dental procedures. Most restorative procedures require anesthetic, and the needle insertion that delivers anesthetic can cause some pain. To help reduce discomfort, Dr. Gilbert uses a topical anesthetic first and then injects the local anesthetic. Throughout the procedure, the staff keeps your comfort at the forefront.