Dental fillings offer an affordable and effective means of restoring lost tooth structure following cavity removal or after a minor accident. Not surprisingly, placing fillings is one of the most frequent procedures performed by our doctors.
If you are about to undergo cavity removal or wish to replace your metal fillings with natural-looking composite resin, our doctors can restore your smile using this unique and durable material.
What are fillings?
Fillings are a unique restoration that “fills in” areas of missing enamel. Our office offers two unique materials that can meet a wide range of oral health needs: composite resin and amalgam.
Metal fillings have been used for well over a century. Also known as metal fillings, the blend of metals includes silver, tin, copper, and other metals. Amalgam fillings are a great restorative option for patients who require fillings on the molars. Although a trace amount of mercury is present when fillings are placed, amalgam fillings are very safe and pose no health risk.
Composite resin fillings are ideal for placement on anterior (front) teeth. The blend of silica and plastic is biocompatible and non-toxic. One of our doctors can colour-match composite fillings to match the colour and luster of your natural teeth.
Are You a Candidate?
Fillings are used for a wide range of treatments. Following cavity removal, fillings are used to restore lost tooth structure. Many patients seek composite resin fillings as a replacement for amalgam fillings. If you wish to replace metal fillings with natural-looking composite resin, one of our doctors can replace your old fillings and have you fitted with a cosmetically pleasing substitute that protects your teeth from further decay.
How are fillings placed?
Fillings can be placed during one visit to our office. The procedure usually takes well under half an hour to complete. Once your cavity removal has been performed, one of our doctors will clean and sanitize the treatment site.
If you are receiving composite fillings, your dentist will colour-match the resin to blend in seamlessly with your smile. Once the pliable material is ready, your doctor will artfully mold the fillings in place before hardening the resin with a special blue light. Once your fillings have hardened, any minor adjustments can be made.
Tips for Protecting and Maintaining Your Fillings
Brush thoroughly and at least twice a day
Avoid sugary foods that can lead to tooth decay
Reduce consumption of acidic drinks
Avoid biting hard foods (like ice and raw seeds)
Visit our office or regular cleanings and checkups