Most people require fillings at some point in their lives. There’s nothing wrong with that and you’re in the majority. If you want a dentist that’s going to complete the procedure quickly and without any problems, the Northern Dental Centre is the place for you.
If you have a cavity and you need a filling, your choice of filling will be critical to both your long-term oral health and the aesthetics of your mouth.
Here’s what you need to know about how the Northern Dental Centre handles fillings.
The Science Behind Your Filling
So you believe that you need a filling?
We can help with that. All you need to do is come in for an exam and our team will be able to confirm that you have a cavity.
Fillings are useful for filling in cavities. In simple terms, a cavity is when your tooth has broken down and much of the tooth structure has decayed. The filling ensures that no further damage can occur, as well as restoring normal tooth function.
They’re the most basic dental procedure you’re likely to find in any dental clinic in Canada.
Why Composite is the Way to Go
There are two types of filling you’ll find when you go to the dentist. These are the amalgam filling and the composite filling. For more than a century, the silver amalgam filling was the filling of choice for dentists. It’s easy to work with and cheap.
But amalgam fillings wear away over time and gradually turn your tooth a grey color. It’s hardly the clear filling you were looking for.
But the composite filling does the same thing as the amalgam filling but closely matches the color of natural tooth enamel, so you don’t have to worry about losing your winning smile.
Are Fillings Indestructible?
Fillings are designed to withstand a huge amount of pressure when chewing. But over time they do get weaker and one day you may need to return to your dentist to have it fixed.
We regularly replace the older fillings of our patients. You can also take advantage of our filling replacement service. Many patients want to get rid of their old amalgam fillings in exchange for a composite filling.
This is a service we have and it can be done in one afternoon.
If you need a filling, or you want to talk to us about your oral health, call the Northern Dental Centre today at 780-532-1786.
FAQ For Fillings
How do I know when I need a filling?
Cavities can be painful, but most of our patients find out that they need a filling after they undergo their regular examination with us.
Does a filling mean I have poor oral health?
Not necessarily. Fillings are not just designed for cavities. Any holes in the teeth can require a filling. These holes could be caused by trauma or poor oral health.
Are fillings the best treatment option for me?
They’re often the ideal treatment choice. Crowns and bridges are not necessarily designed for basic cavities and they’re much more expensive.
How can we help?
Have questions or ready to schedule an appointment? We are here to help!