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Dental Fillings – Repair Dental Caries (Cavities)

What are dental fillings?

A dental filling is most commonly used in order to reinstate a tooth’s health. Active decay is manually extracted by the dentist, and the void is then filled-in with a dental filling in order to prevent any residual bacteria from dispersing to other regions of your tooth or smile.

What types of teeth fillings are available?

Dental fillings can either be white fillings (fabricated with a composite material) or amalgam fillings. Our practitioners strongly recommend the use of white composite fillings as they may be as long-lasting as amalgam, yet also provide a more aesthetically pleasing look. Amalgam or silver fillings, however, may also be recommended in cases where teeth are deeply decayed or if the inflicted tooth is a child’s’.

How do you know you need a tooth filling?

A dental filling is required in order to inhibit dental caries (cavities) from spreading. If active infection or decay is left unattended-to, it will worsen and potentially cause the formation of a root canal infection, which further leads to the removal of a tooth if still left untreated. It is imperative that people remedy decaying teeth as promptly as possible.

How do you know you need a dental filling?

X-rays, which are prescribed and administered by the dentist can detect cavities between teeth and can also confirm whether or not there are any infections within teeth. Further, the dentist will also run an oral examination to properly diagnose underlying conditions. At our dental office in Etobicoke, education is essential and our practice prides its ability to maintain transparency with our patients, educating them each step of the way with everything from x-ray results or using by using the dental mirror. It is essential to be mindful of what is occurring in your mouth and preventing teeth from decay.

What is the process to attach a dental filling?

First and foremost, our dentist will numb the affected area with a topical anesthetic or local anesthetic to inhibit feelings of pain and distress during the course of the procedure. Decay is first removed from the affected tooth, then the dentist will place a white composite filling or amalgam filling over the cavity to seal the tooth. Please remember that cavities can reoccur and it is very important to maintain a thorough brushing and flossing regime to avoid new or reoccurring decay.

How much does it cost?

The dentist will let you know your treatment plan and, if you have any questions or would like to learn more about your specific case he will gladly speak to you.