Fillings Fast Facts
- Decay can happen underneath dental fillings (brush and floss regularly)
- There are several different types of filling materials.
- Fillings can usually be done in one appointment.
What Are Bonded Fillings?
Bonded fillings are effective for dental damage such as cavities, chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, and even just as a replacement for old fillings. At Smiles Dental Group in Edmonton, we provide tooth-coloured composite restorations. Tooth-coloured bonded fillings are made out of a durable composite resin. Dental restorations can be completed within a single appointment and provide a great alternative to metal fillings in many cases. The final result can be more natural-looking and long-lasting.
What Are White Fillings?
White Fillings are made of synthetic resin with glass or ceramic glass. These materials are best known for mimicking the colour and texture of teeth. After the General Dentist removes the decay in the tooth, the hole (cavity) is prepared with an acid etch gel, and a bonding agent. The white filling material is then carefully applied to the cavity preparation and then hardened or ‘cured’ with a special curing light.
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How Long Do Fillings Last?
White Fillings, when using best practices, can last many years, sometimes decades. However, it is still possible to develop new cavities underneath white fillings. This is why it is highly recommended that you have excellent home hygiene care (brushing and flossing daily), and visit your General Dentist and Hygienist regularly so that any cavities can be caught earlier instead of later.
Should I Get White Fillings Or Silver Fillings?
Silver Amalgam Fillings have been used by dentists for many decades. They are considered strong, and durable filling materials. However, because of mercury content, and poor esthetics, these types of fillings have fallen out of favour for many General Dentists.
Instead, many General Dentists will use White Fillings. These provide the
best esthetics, and best bond strength to enamel when compared to silver fillings.
What Can Bonded Fillings Treat?
- One of your teeth has become cracked or chipped.
- You want to close the gap (diastema) between two teeth
- A part of your tooth’s root has been exposed due to receding gums.
- You want to change the colour, length, and shape of one of your teeth
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At Smiles Dental Group, the dental professionals are dedicated to your comfort while you are receiving the treatment and post-operatively.
Usually, when the tooth is numb, our dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be carefully cleaned and prepared for the new filling. The composite filling will be placed, shaped, and polished.
Bonded fillings are durable and can last several years, helping you maintain a beautiful and long-lasting dentition.
You can receive your tooth-colored composite restoration in as little as one sitting at Smiles Dental Group. Reach out to one of our practices in Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, or Edmonton today to schedule an appointment.
With proper care your filling can last for years, however, you still may need to get them redone.
Yes! You still have a real tooth under that filling so you will definitely want to take care of it.
If your dentist recommends it, it is probably a good idea. Without a filling your cavity can get worse.