Fillings

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What Is A Filling?

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

Why Do I Need Fillings?

If you have cavities, due to excess sugar intake

If you have abrasion cavities (exposed notched root by gum recession or aggressive brushing).

If old ones leak or break. This can happen after many years of wear and tear on teeth.

What Can I Expect At My Visit For Filling?

Fillings are done under local anesthetic, which completely numbs the tooth. The procedure is totally painless. A high speed instrument is used to remove the decay or old filling. Many people are uncomfortable with the high pitched sound from the instrument, but there is nothing to be afraid of, as it is just a sound. After the decay or old filling is removed, the tooth is then prepared with various chemicals (not harmful to the body in any way) to prevent leakage and improve the seal. The filling material is then carved into place.

What IS Composite Bonding And When Is It Used?

Composite bonding is an esthetic way to restore and treat teeth with a white filling material, carefully selected to match the colour of your teeth. It is used to:

 

Restore cavities in front and back teeth.

Replace old or amalgam restorations ‘silver fillings’.

Restore teeth abrasion. Covering these areas helps prevent cavities root sensitivity and improve tooth appearance.

Reshape crooked teeth.

Restore chipped teeth.

Improve or change the colour of permanently discoloured teeth.

Close diastemas ‘space between teeth’.

 

White fillings look very natural and are more conservative of tooth structure, however they are more technique sensitive for the dentist and they are more time consuming.

WHEN SHOULD AMALGAM BE USED?

Amalgam ‘silver’ fillings are traditionally used for back teeth. However in modern day dentistry back teeth are also routinely filled with composite materials unless the cavity is very deep or large. With such large fillings crowns are recommended to reinforce the compromised tooth.

WHEN SHOULD AMALGAM BE USED?

Appearance

Strength

Tooth Conversation

Economics

Available in a variety of colour and shades, composite bonding can be made to look like your natural tooth.

: composite bonding, although not as strong as ‘silver fillings’, produces a filling that supports a tooth, making it less likely to break.

In composite bonding, only a small amount of natural tooth structure is removed. Reduced anesthesia required: Bonding usually does not require anesthesia unless decay is present.

Composite bonding is affordable compared to more expensive procedure like full crowns or veneers.

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