Tooth Fillings

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What Is A Tooth Filling?

Tooth fillings are formed from a resin material and are used to fill cavities or replace older fillings. They are bonded to teeth with a special light. Once the bond has set, it becomes solid, durable, and provides you with a natural look.
bonded fillings applied to tooth

What Are White Fillings?

White filling materials contain synthetic resin mixed with a form of ceramic glass. These materials are best known for mimicking the colour and texture of natural teeth. After the general dentist removes the decay in the tooth, the cavity it is prepared with an acid etch gel and then a bonding agent. The white filling material is then carefully placed into the cavity preparation and then hardened or “cured” with a special curing light.

Why 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. Due to the mercury content, and poor esthetics, these types of fillings have fallen out of favour for many general dentists.

Many general dentists will use white fillings. These provide the best esthetics, and best bond strength to enamel when compared to silver fillings.

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.

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 color, length and shape of one or more of your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

With proper care your filling can last for years, however, you still may need to get them redone.

In Edmonton, Ab, tooth fillings will typically cost between $100 and $300 dollars. This will vary based on the tooth’s location and type of filling.

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.

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