At Beacon Hill Dental Centre we are less likely to use the term “filling” even though that is the term you are likely familiar with. We like to call them “restorations” because once we clean and prepare the tooth, we place a white material to restore the tooth to its natural shape, size and anatomy.
What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are restorations that can replace areas of decay or a cavity in one or multiple areas of your teeth. When you have a cavity, the decay is removed and a tooth-coloured or composite resin filling placed. Here at Beacon Hill Dental Centre we are proud to use mercury-free and metal-free fillings in our practice. This improves the overall aesthetic appeal of the filling and gives it a more natural-look with the rest of the teeth.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
Oftentimes, you will need a filling if you have tooth decay or cavity. The decay will be carefully removed and the tooth-coloured filling will be placed to restore the tooth. Most fillings can last for many years without needing replacement. Tooth-coloured fillings, in particular, are ideal for front teeth and smaller cavities where an amalgam (metal) filling is not pleasant to see and would easily fall out.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
We can perform an exam to determine if you have decay or cavities in your teeth. We can place multiple fillings at the same time if they’re within the same area in the mouth. If you have a cavity, we recommend having the filling placed sooner rather than later to prevent it from getting worse. Cavities that are ignored for long periods of time will eventually require that the tooth be root canaled or extracted.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
The appointment will begin with a local anesthetic used to numb the area and teeth. We work to remove all decay from the tooth. The tooth is then prepped for the tooth-coloured filling. The material is matched to the colour of your tooth and placed inside the prepared area to restore the tooth. The dentist will then smooth out and blend the composite resin before curing it with the blue light. The procedure is quick, easy and the filling itself helps to prevent the tooth decay from getting worse. This can prevent the need for an eventual root canal or extraction of that tooth.
If you suspect that you need a filling call us today and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.