Teeth Fillings

Regardless of our best intentions and making every effort to maintain our dental health, most of us will develop at least one cavity over our lifetime. The next stage is removing the decay to heal the tooth. Dental fillings can also be used to address chipping, cracking, and fracturing of teeth. The filling material can be used to correct uneven teeth or early tooth deterioration.

A variety of dental materials can be used to restore teeth. The majority of dental fillings used in the past were made of amalgam – a silver-colored filling material. Most dentists today choose a white composite filling material that closely matches the color of the existing tooth. This results in a natural and unnoticeable appearance in comparison to the rest of your teeth. Fortunately, advances in dental technology have made it possible for fillings and restorations to blend in with our natural teeth.

The dental materials utilized to restore your teeth will vary based on the tooth and its position in your mouth. The dentist will use a white filling material for teeth that are noticeable when you smile. Even if the back teeth are not visible when smiling, white dental material could be used as composites have similar strength characteristics to amalgam fillings.

Other dental materials, such as ceramic, gold, or amalgam, may be utilized if the tooth being restored is used to chew food, located in the back of the jaw, or is subjected to a lot of force or pressure. Our dental team will meet with you to determine the best treatment option for your needs.

Make an appointment with us at City Dental Center as we would be happy to discuss all of your choices for achieving healthy teeth and a confident smile.

What are Teeth Fillings?

Fillings are a restorative dental treatment that involve putting a specific substance into the damaged or decayed section of the tooth – such as porcelain inlay, onlay, or composite. An inlay fills the tooth’s center, whereas an onlay covers the tooth’s entire biting surface. The goal of this treatment is to improve the appearance and function of the tooth. Fillings are also performed to remove the bacteria in an area to cover the at risk tooth, halting further deterioration and decay.

Types of Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite Fillings

With recent breakthroughs in science and technology, patients can now choose from various filling materials. Naturally, each has its own set of benefits (and drawbacks), and a candid conversation with your dentist will disclose the most acceptable options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are extensively utilized today because they are tooth-colored and closely resemble the color of natural teeth. A composite filling is far more visually appealing. It delivers the needed restorative function for the front teeth and other visible locations.

Porcelain

Indirect fillings are made in a laboratory and then cemented into place on the tooth. They are manufactured of dental ceramics, which have a natural appearance, are durable, and do not stain like composites. They are; however, more costly than composites. They are prone to chipping and cracking, yet they are the most aesthetically pleasing. They’re manufactured with high-tech CAD/CAM equipment in the dental laboratory or the dental clinic. Fillings can be made in a single visit if your dentist’s clinic has an in-house dental lab.

How Teeth Fillings Works

Step 1: Gentle Numbing

The first step that we take is to numb your gums with a local anesthetic so that we may softly freeze the area. Many people are apprehensive about this; however, it is not that painful. Your teeth and the surrounding area will be numb from the freezing, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the filling procedure.

Step 2: Tooth Preparation

After freezing, the tooth is cleaned and prepared before placing the new filling in the tooth. The area will be treated with a medicine to protect the nerve as a preventative measure in case there is decay near the tooth nerve.

Step 2: Tooth Preparation

After freezing, the tooth is cleaned and prepared before placing the new filling in the tooth. The area will be treated with a medicine to protect the nerve as a preventative measure in case there is decay near the tooth nerve.

Step 3: Filling of Tooth

Your tooth is meticulously cleaned and prepared after we confirm that you are pleasantly frozen. An adhesive gel is used on the damaged tooth before a composite resin (white filling material) is molded and then sculpted to meet your other teeth or bite profile.

Composite Curing

Composite fillings are appropriate for tiny and medium-sized fillings that are subjected to mild chewing pressure. It is durable and resistant to fracture, making it ideal for patients who want their fillings to look like the rest of their natural teeth; however, the truth is that no filling will last indefinitely. Like many other dental restorations, composite fillings aren’t permanent and may need to be replaced in the future. They are extremely sturdy, will last for many, many years, and will give you a bright, lovely smile.

Composite Curing

A unique LED light is utilized to cure and harden the composite resin substance that will fill or bond to your tooth. Before giving it a final polish, the doctor will thoroughly check your completed tooth and make any necessary finishing touches so your bite is comfortable.

What is the Most Suitable Option for Me?

We will advise you on the best options and solutions at City Dental Centre.

Deciding which filling fits your requirements is determined by the position of the tooth that needs filling or the amount of “bite pressure” applied to the tooth that needs a filling (we bite down hard on our molars, for instance).

Composite fillings are appropriate for tiny and medium-sized fillings that are subjected to mild chewing pressure. It is durable and resistant to fracture, making it ideal for patients who want their fillings to look like the rest of their teeth. However, the truth is that no filling will last indefinitely. Like many other dental restorations, composite fillings aren’t permanent and may need to be replaced in the future. They are extremely sturdy, will last for many, many years, and will give you a bright, lovely smile.

Patients use composite fillings at City Dental Centre for various reasons, including restoring a chipped or cracked tooth, closing a gap between two teeth, and repairing a fractured or diseased tooth. One of the main benefits is that it is typically accomplished in only one visit to the dentist.

Benefits of Teeth Fillings

Mercury-free

Because of the benefits and lack of mercury, patients frequently select tooth-colored fillings. Previously used fillings, such as silver amalgam, contain mercury, which most patients are concerned about. Rest assured that your dental fillings are completely secure and safe when treated at City Dental Center.

Appealing to the Eye

Fillings can now blend in with the rest of your teeth in a way that silver amalgam and gold fillings can not. Fillings that are tooth-colored assist you in achieving a more visually appealing smile. With a beautiful smile, you may speak, laugh, eat, and even yawn with confidence.

Durable

If you maintain great oral hygiene, your tooth-colored fillings may last at least ten years. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and having a dental check-up and cleaning as directed by your dentist and hygienist are all part of this routine. You should also break any bad dental habits, such as chewing hard objects like pens, fingernails, ice, hard sweets, or anything else that can cause your fillings to chip or fall out.

Maintains A More Healthy Tooth Structure

The composite resin are tooth-colored fillings that will adhere to the tooth. This results in a less invasive procedure that lets you maintain more of your original tooth. Compared to silver amalgam or gold fillings, there is no need to remove too much of the native tooth structure.

There Are No Discolorations.

Large silver amalgams may become visible at the rear of your tooth enamel, and their color may eventually seep into the tooth. There is no risk of discoloration with tooth-colored fillings.

Appearance

Tooth-colored fillings fix your tooth; however, unlike the silver amalgam fillings that were previously utilized this type of filling blends in with the rest of your smile.

A Lower Chance of a Tooth Fracture

Tooth-colored fillings vary from amalgam fillings in that they are not temperature reactive. This makes them a far better choice than amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made from metals that react to high temperatures. When we frequently eat or drink hot and cold things this is a significant disadvantage. As you ingest food, amalgams may expand or contract. If this continues for years, your teeth may crack and you won’t notice until there is a fracture. Tooth-colored fillings, unlike amalgam fillings, do not expand or contract, making them less prone to tooth issues like fractures or breakage.

Quick Treatment

 

The tooth-colored composite filling treatment takes only a few minutes to complete, with even one to two cavities taking less than an hour. A local anesthetic will numb the area around the gums and teeth that will be treated making the process relatively painless. The numbing medication usually takes action in 7 to 12 minutes after which the dentist can begin the treatment.

Cavities will harm your tooth, whereas fillings strengthen and protect it. As a result of the filling, you will not have any unpleasant infections or abscesses. You will save money by restoring your teeth with fillings, and will say goodbye to sensitivity to hot and cold.

Why Choose City Dental Center

Guaranteed Safe

We don’t use mercury in our practice. Many people; however, still have silver/mercury fillings in their teeth from previous years. These filings are unsightly, and by design, silver/mercury fillings inevitably weaken tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and tooth-colored onlays are tooth-colored fillings that are not only attractive and unnoticeable but also strengthen weakened teeth. Thanks to modern bonding technology, these restorations are both aesthetically beautiful and highly durable.

We Offer Competitive and Fair Pricing

Rest assured that at City Dental Center, we ensure that our pricing is fair and reasonable. We assure that all our patients receive the best treatment possible. We will also assist you with processing your dental insurance claim so that you can send it to your insurance provider for faster reimbursement.

We Offer Competitive and Fair Pricing

Rest assured that at City Dental Center, we ensure that our pricing is fair and reasonable. We assure that all our patients receive the best treatment possible. We will also assist you with processing your insurance claim so that your insurance provider reimburses you quickly.

You Will Always Receive a Personalized Experience

At City Dental Center, we strive to provide each of our patients with a one-of-a-kind and pleasant experience. To guarantee that you are comfortable during your appointments, we personalize and modify your treatment plans according to your specific needs and requirements. Our dedicated and hardworking dental professionals are available to assist you any time you visit our clinic during our office hours. Call us now at (416) 699-5577, or go to our Contact Us page directly to fill out our online form to reserve a consultation with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

The dentist’s primary method of restoring damaged teeth is a tooth filling. After removing any decay from a tooth, the dentist will fill the area with a new substance. Dental composite, amalgam, and resin-modified glass ionomer are all common filling materials.

The most common reason for dental fillings is that the tooth requires cleaning due to decay. Other causes for fillings include mending broken fillings, restoring fractured teeth, plus cosmetically improving the appearance of teeth and minimizing sensitivity to hot and cold consumables.

The method for filling a tooth is not complicated. It is frequently completed in a single visit.

Most dental fillings will necessitate local anesthetic (freezing) to numb the area and ensure patient comfort. Before administering local anesthesia, the dentist would always apply numbing gel to the gums to improve patient comfort during treatment.

If going to the dentist creates anxiety, talk to your dentist about it. They should be able to help you manage your concerns and discomfort, either procedurally or with pharmaceutical approaches (a sedative pill or nitrous oxide relaxing gas).

Following preparation, the dentist will remove the decay and insert the filling. This necessitates sufficient moisture isolation for the dental “glue” to attach correctly. Finally, the dentist polishes and finishes the teeth to get a beautiful contour and sheen.

There’s always the possibility of tooth discomfort or the necessity for root canal treatment if the cavity is deep or the cavity has been evident for too long. This is something your dentist will tell you about.

The dentist may decide for your convenience, to divide the number of dental fillings across more than one appointment.

 

Fillings for teeth come in a range of materials, and each dentist has a favorite. Dental composite, resin-modified glass ionomer, and dental amalgam are the most common varieties in our office. Your dentist may choose a filling material depending on its qualities as well as the specific visual or oral health circumstances in your mouth.

You will be administered a local anesthesia to ensure that you do not experience any pain throughout the tooth filling operation.

 

The nerve inside the tooth may get inflamed if the filling is deep. It’s possible that the tooth sensitivity is only transitory and will go away with time. If you experience a severe toothache, you may require root canal therapy.

When your dentist shines UV light on the treated region, the filling hardens. Your dentist will only allow you to chew food on the area where the filling was placed for at least 24 hours after the treatment.

Yes. Your dentist will numb your tooth and its surrounding area to ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment. To make you more comfortable, the dentist may use a topical gel or inject a local anesthetic, or administer nitrous oxide gas, also known as “laughing gas.”

Yes. After obtaining dental fillings, you can continue brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

Composite fillings are considered “basic” treatment under most insurance plans. Most dental insurance plans will reimburse you at the percentage specified by your individual plan. The charges of the fillings are the responsibility of the patient. We will send your claim electronically on your behalf and your insurance provider will reimburse you directly. It would be best if you inquired about the costs of your treatment options, as they vary depending on the solution you select at the dental clinic.

Dental fillings can be made of several and various materials. However, amalgam silver and tooth-colored composites are the most prevalent types of material.